Cameroonian athletes 'disappear' at Commonwealth Games in Australia


Two more weightlifters, Arcangeline Fouodji Sonkbou and Petit Minkoumba, disappeared on Monday.

Mass desertion has hit the Cameroon team representing the Central African country at the ongoing 2018 Commonwealth Games, in Gold Coast, Australia.

The athletes have visas that expire on May 15 and the Commonwealth Games Federation has said that athletes have "the right to travel freely" on their visas while the Australian government has warned athletes against overstaying their visas. He took to Twitter and wrote, "Congratulations, #HeenaSindhu & #ShreyasiSingh for winning a Gold Medal in your respective events".

Nyika progressed to the semi-final of the men's 91kg category after opponent Tsoye, failed to show up on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, England's netball team secured their biggest ever victory over New Zealand in their final Pool B match.

Lightweight prospect James McGivern also breezed into the semi-finals with a dominant display against John Colin from Mauritius to secure at least a bronze medal and secure the Northern Ireland boxing team their eighth medal at the Games.

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

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In 2012, seven Cameroonian athletes disappeared while in London for the Olympics.

'Their team-mates informed us they had left. "We have no idea which direction they headed in". "It's very, very disappointing and very, very embarrassing for Cameroon", he said. "I went from a boy to being a man, and hopefully did a lot of people proud".

"It's very worrying, it's not good for the image of the country".

"These athletes, three weightlifters and five boxers, were part of the team that had a training camp in Warwick before getting to Gold Coast", said a press release from Team Cameroon. If there is a breach then Peter Dutton and his department will deal with it.

Anyone in Australia on a valid visa is legally entitled to claim asylum, but if that is what the Cameroon athletes are planning to do is unknown.

The Cameroon team at the opening ceremony.