Commonwealth Games: Cameroonian athletes disappear

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Global athletes are urged to follow their visa guidelines amid reports that five athletes from Cameroon have disappeared from the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Village.

A statement on Wednesday from the Chef de Mission from Team Cameroon, Victor Agbor Nso, said the eight athletes had left the Games Village in three waves.

With reasons for the disappearances being unknown, the sudden nature of the disappearances has triggered speculation that the athletes have fled with no intention of returning home.

Nso said the rest of Team Cameroon - 34 in total, including basketballers and two other weightlifters - and their officials have already left Australia.

Five athletes from Cameroon are missing from the games village.

Simon Molombe, Cameroon's press oficer, spoke of how shocked he was by the actions of boxers Christian Ndzie Tsoye and Simplice Fotsala alongside weightlifters Olivier Matam Matam, Arcangeline Fouodji and Petit Minkoumba.

"We imagine they went away wilfully".

"There were no worries this kind of thing might happen", he insisted.

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A formal complaint has been made to the Australian police but the Border Force are no longer monitoring the situation.

Five-time world champion and Olympic bronze-medalist Mary Kom defeated a defensive Anusha Dilrukshi Koddithuwakku of Sri Lanka 5-0 to make the summit clash in her debut appearance at the Games.

Meanwhile, Clémentine Noumbissi has brought a gleam of hope to Cameroon at the Games after the 27-year-old athlete won bronze in the women's 90kgs weightlifting.

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

Peter Beattie, chairman of the local organizing committee, said it was not a surprise.

Other African countries in the medal table are Mauritius in joint-26th on one silver and Cameroon with just one bronze in joint-31st.

"I'm still young, I'm only 25, but I think there's a lot more I can do".

He said Cameroon would be at the closing ceremony on Sunday night.

"These athletes are guests here in Australia at this time, they're still within their visas, they have the right to travel freely", he said.

Cameroon, in central Africa, is suffering from civil unrest after a military crackdown on English-speaking separatists.



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