Cameroon athletes vanish from C'wealth Games

Cameroon athletes vanish from C'wealth Games

Cameroon athletes vanish from C'wealth Games

Minister of Home Affairs Peter Dutton said if the athletes did not leave by the May 15 deadline, the Australian Border Force (ABF) would find and lock them in a watch house until their deportation back to their countries of origin.

Team Cameroon's Chef de Mission, Victor Agbor Nso said the Cameroon team has filed an official complaint with Australian police.

The athletes include five boxers and three weightlifters.

"When an athlete comes to Australia to compete in a competition we expect them to front up on the field and compete, so we are disappointed about that".

One who failed to appear was Ulrich Rodrigue Yombo who skipped Wednesday morning's weigh-in for his quarter-final bout in the 81kg division against Canada's Harley O'Reilly.

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

Cameroon press attache Simon Molombe told Fairfax Media the athletes' whereabouts were unknown.

Grevemberg warned, however, that they would take the matter "very seriously" if they were found to have broken the regulations.

"We have no idea which direction they headed in", Mr Molombe said.

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"It's very worrying, it's not good for the image of the country".

Two athletes from Sierra Leone the latest to go missing at the Commonwealth Games.

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A further eight athletes from Cameroon have also disappeared from the event.

Eight competitors from Cameroon were suspected to have fled on Wednesday, before the confirmation today that athletes from Rwanda and Uganda have also gone into the thin air.

Cameroon weightlifters Francois Etoundi and Simplice Ribouem both received refugee status, and were in the 2018 Australian team.

"According to the rules no athlete is supposed to go out without an official to accompany them", said Ogwel.

The Association has reported their disappearance to the police.

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