One-fifth of Cameroon's Commonwealth Team has gone AWOL

16 April, 2018, 02:08 | Author: Anita Tucker
  • Commonwealth Games 2018

Reports in the Cameroonian media on Tuesday said five athletes were missing, but recent reports indicated that three more have gone missing.

Mass desertion has hit the Cameroon team representing the Central African country at the ongoing 2018 Commonwealth Games, in Gold Coast, Australia.

He explained the athletes left in "three waves" over three consecutive days.

It came as Grevemberg said Cameroon officials have pleaded for Gold Coast residents, tourists and athletes to come forward with any information regarding the Cameroon athletes that left the village earlier this week.

"We would appreciate them sticking within the law, enjoying themselves, but sticking within the law", Beattie said. "Come in the village, come see them".

"These are global athletes who have very strict training programs and they undertook their training as was expected", Cr Dobie said.

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"No, no, no. They are here", he said.

"I appreciate that it's not unimaginable, certainly you could hire a auto and drive here, but if that was the case someone would know about it".

"But these athletes are guests here in Australia, they are still within their visas and they have the right to travel freely", Grevemberg said.

Cameroon still has athletes scheduled to compete in track and field, wrestling and boxing before Sunday's closing ceremony. Australian Border Force and the Ministry of Sports and the president of the National Olympic Committee of Cameroon have been informed.

Five boxers, a swimmer and football player absconded from the Athletes' Village at the Games.

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"It's also important to state that they are still free to travel in Australia under the terms of their visas", he said.

Mr Molombe said the incident was very worrying.

After the Sydney Olympics in 2000, more than 100 athletes overstayed, with 30 applying for asylum.

Meanwhile, the Commonwealth Games Federation said the missing athletes have not broken any laws at this stage, as their visas are still valid.

Ugandan athletes were also warned against vanishing during Gold Coast 2018 in the lead-up to the event.

They were reported to be staying in Europe for economic reasons rather than returning home.

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