Cameroonian Athletes Flee Commonwealth Games 2018

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Federation chief executive David Grevemberg said that the Cameroonian athletes are within their visas and "have the right to travel freely".

The officials say the five boxers and three weightlifters left the Gold Coast village over the past three days but authorities say they have not broken any law.

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.

"But out here, only six of them effectively took part in their respective competitions, while two left without competing".

The athletes - two women and six men - were named as boxers Simplice Fotsala, Arsene Fokou, Ndzie Tchoyi, Ulrich Yombo and Christelle Ndiang, plus weightlifters Olivier Matam, David Minkoumba Petit and Arcangeline Sonkbou Fouodji.

The Cameroonian athletes are nowhere according to reports meanwhile; they have valid visas until May 15, allowing them to spend another month legally in Australia.

"We have also laid a formal complaint to the Australian police", he told Cameroon state broadcaster CRTV.

"Peter Dutton did warn about this and he will pursue the matter if it gets to that point".




'We would appreciate them sticking within the law, enjoying themselves, but sticking within the law, that includes Cameroon and any other athletes.

At the conclusion of the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, 45 athletes and officials from Bangladesh, Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone overstayed their visas or applied for protection visas once the Games had finished.

So far, the country's cycling squad has ended their challenge and returned home empty-handed, when in Glasgow, they had earned a bronze through Mohd Azizulhasni Awang in the keirin event.

It has since been confirmed that the other members of the delegation for the Games who have already competed here had flown back to Cameroon as a group.

This is not the first time Cameroon is experiencing such a situation.

At London 2012, seven Cameroon athletes disappeared during the Olympics.

Host nation Australia's Daniel Repacholi bagged the gold medal in the event with a Games record 227.2 while Shakil Ahmed of Bangladesh won the silver with 220.5.

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