Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Cameroon athletes missing at Commonwealth Games

Cameroon athletes missing at Commonwealth Games

Queensland Police said it was a "matter for the Cameroon Commonwealth Games Association to address" until such point that the athletes overstayed their visas.

As for India's performance on Day 7, multiple additions into the medals tally have been made, courtesy the shooting brigade which saw Shreyasi Singh won a gold medal in the Women's Double Trap Finals & Ankur Mittal bagged a Bronze in the Men's Double Trap Finals.

Sean McComb, 25, was fined $756 and banned from the Gold Coast's nightclub districts after the incident outside Sin City nightclub about 2.30am on Tuesday. Nyika got a walkover into the semifinals - and a guaranteed medal.

Commonwealth Games boss Peter Beattie said while the athletes' visas allow them to spend time enjoying Australia, they should return to their home country as scheduled.

It is not the first time Cameroon athletes have disappeared at a major sporting event.

The athletes' visas are yet to expire, with authorities aware of the incident but not now pursuing a missing person's case.

"The authorities are very disappointed with the deserters - some did not even compete", Mr Molombe said.

Eight athletes from conflict-hit Cameroon have gone missing from the Commonwealth Games' athlete's village on the Gold Coast, team officials said on Wednesday.

The Australian police and security services were immediately alerted about their disappearance as the search intensifies to track them down.

Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) chief executive David Grevemberg said they had not now breached any visa rules.

Gold Coast 2018 chairman Peter Beattie urged the athletes to "stay within the law" and not stay in Australia beyond the expiry of their visas. "I realised they are people like me, they are not gods", Shankar said later. There are a few areas we have noticed which require improvement and we have addressed them within the team.

During the London 2012 Olympics, seven left the athletes village. Two Cameroonian weightlifters Francois Etoundi and Simplice Ribouem were granted refugee status, competing for Team Australia this year.

A team spokesman said this morning 12 basketballers and two weight lifters who had finished their competitions had flown home, but others remained on the Gold Coast to compete in the wrestling events today and in boxing tomorrow.

The Australian government has warned athletes against overstaying their visas.

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