Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

Commonwealth Games athletes urged to respect visas as Cameroon competitors abscond

Commonwealth Games athletes urged to respect visas as Cameroon competitors abscond

THERE may only be four days of competition left, but that doesn't mean Australia will be slowing down at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

In a freaky set of events, five more athletes appear to be missing from Commonwealth Games Village organisers said on Thursday, after eight competitors from Cameroon were suspected of fleeing a day earlier.

It takes the total number of missing athletes up to 11, after the Cameroonian team lost a third of its members in the first week on the Gold Coast.

Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive David Grevemberg said it was disappointing the athletes didn't show up they were scheduled to compete.

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And a Cameroon team official told eight of the team's 24 athletes were now missing from their respective rooms in the Athlete's Village.

"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.

Three weightlifters and two boxers have not been seen since Tuesday, while another three have since gone missing, including boxer Christelle Ndiang, who disappeared after losing her bout to Australian Skye Nicholson on Tuesday.

Cr Dobie said she felt for the management of the Cameroon team. "And if they are thinking of doing anything other, I would encourage them not to".

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Dutton said if any of the missing athletes claimed protection status, Border Force would test each case.

"England have beaten New Zealand over the last couple of years but we've never done it in a major tournament", said goal keeper Geva Mentor.

He said he "doesn't think they'll come back".

"The safety and welfare of those athletes from the Team Cameroon perspective is being taken very, very seriously, but we are obviously monitoring that situation with Team Cameroon", Mr Grevemberg added.

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The minister said the people on the missing list were "taking the mickey", noting their Games visas were valid until only May 15.

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