Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Search for African athletes missing from Commonwealth Games village

Search for African athletes missing from Commonwealth Games village

Team Cameroon in an official statement on Wednesday confirmed six men and two women from the 40-strong team were missing.

The alarm was raised after some of them failed to turn up to compete in their respective events.

The Australian government has warned athletes against overstaying their visas.

Organisers have urged athletes in Australia for the Commonwealth Games to respect the terms of their entry visas after Cameroon reported that a third of their team had gone missing on Wednesday.

The athletes' visas expire on May 15, a month after the Games concludes, and cases of disappearances have already hit the headlines. First in the night of April 8 three athletes departed the village.

"It's about taking those cheats out before they arrive at the Games", Mr Sharpe said.

Cr Dobie said there was no indication they were unhappy and "they were great ambassadors for their country, there was no indication at any time that there was an issue with individuals".

The Australian Associated Press quoted Cameroon team manager Victor Agbor Nso as saying weightlifter Olivier Matam and boxers Ndzie Tchoyi and Simplice Fotsala had been due to compete Tuesday but could not be found.

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Home Affairs Minster Peter Dutton said that all missing athletes and officials will be shown scant sympathy when caught.

He said Cameroon plans to be in attendance at the closing ceremony on Sunday.

"The compliance officers will be out there, I promise, tracking these people down and they'll be deported as quickly as possible", he told Macquarie Radio on Thursday.

"These athletes are guests here in Australia".

He added however that: "After the investigations, they'll realise that I know nothing about it and I'll be exonerated".

The Cameroonian athletes on the Gold Coast also have the right to apply for asylum.

"We are having a meeting later in the day to understand the whole matter because the weightlifting official told us the two athletes had "gone visiting".

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