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Commonwealth Games Updates Boxer Yaw Addo Fails To Progress

Commonwealth Games Updates Boxer Yaw Addo Fails To Progress

In the team sports, the Hockeyroos survived a spirited India to take a 1-0 win in the women's hockey semi final, seeing them through to the gold medal game against New Zealand.

He said two other weightlifters, Aka Angeline Filji and Mikoumba Petit David, had earlier gone missing from the Games, but did not specify when.

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

According to Seven News, the athletes' visa requirements expire on May 15, allowing them to spend another month legally in Australia.

TIM Drummond of Shongweni (SA Men's hockey team) and Martin Binedall of Westville (SA swimmer), along with former Westville resident Chad le Clos, and Caster Semenya (SA athlete) were some of the athletes that flew the South African flag high at this year's Commonwealth Games in Australia.

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.

He also said a "formal complaint" had been made with the "Australian police".

"We are having a meeting later in the day to understand the whole matter because the weightlifting official told us the two athletes had "gone visiting".

"(But) I think it's important to remember that these athletes are guests and within their visas they have the right to travel freely, but this is obviously an issue that Team Cameroon is monitoring very closely".

Adding to the confusion of the situation, a Cameroon official told reporters at the Games boxing venue none of his athletes were missing.

"Right now we are anxious about safety and welfare of the athletes and we are taking this very seriously and monitoring the situation with team Cameroon".

The Indian Commonwealth Games Federation has been told to send both athletes home on the first available flight.

Pendrel elected not to take part in the Gold Coast Games.

"Rakesh Babu and Irfan Kolothum Thodi are in breach of the No Needle Policy in that they failed to ensure compliance with the No Needle Policy and, in particular, failed to ensure compliance with paragraphs I, II, III and IV of the No Needle Policy".

The Cameroonian athletes on the Gold Coast also have the right to apply for asylum.

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