CWG 2018: Five More African Athletes Missing After Cameroon Athletes Fiasco

Cameroon athletes vanish from Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Village

Cameroon athletes vanish from Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Village

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.

Grevemberg also stated that despite the search of the missing athletes from Cameroon, five boxers and three weightlifters, the welfare of the athletes still came first.

Commonwealth Games organisers called for competitors to respect the law, mindful of the fact that more than 100 athletes overstayed their visas at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Grevemberg dismissed reports of further disappearances as "speculative", after Australian media reported that a member of the Ghanaian delegation and two from Sierra Leone had also gone missing.

Officials fear the athletes won't be coming back and what's left of the Cameroon team flew home on Wednesday evening to prevent any more escapes.

Team Cameroon officials have notified Australia police of the situation, as well as state officials in their home country.

myGC contacted the Queensland Police Service, which referred questions to the Cameroon Commonwealth Games Association.

"Like other visitors to Australia, Commonwealth Games visitors who hold a valid visa, are free to enjoy their stay in Australia".

Team attache Simon Molombe said he did not expect them to return.

'These people and others that might have a similar objective need to hear this message very clearly - they aren't going to game the system, ' he said.

It is not the first time competitors have gone missing at worldwide events. "I think Blake stumbled a little bit but probably panicked - that's always one of the toughest things".

"It's important to remember that these athletes are guests here in Australia at this time, they are still within their visas, they have a right to travel freely", he added.

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

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