Thirteen African athletes go missing at Commonwealth Games

“ Babu and Thodi are with immediate effect not permitted to participate in the Games. Their accreditation was suspended and both athletes have been removed from the village

A further five athletes have gone missing from the Commonwealth Games athletes village on the Gold Coast, after the disappearance of eight athletes from Cameroon earlier this week.

In 2006, more than 40 athletes and officials who participated in the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne overstayed or sought asylum in Australia, including from the African countries of Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

Although the Australian Border Force has been informed, the athletes are not yet in breach of their visa conditions.

Nso said the rest of Team Cameroon - 34 in total, including basketballers and two other weightlifters - and their officials have already left Australia.

"We share their concern regarding obviously the safety, welfare, whereabouts of these athletes".

Prominent barrister Julian Burnside said the athletes' visas could in theory include terms that they have to be present at the Games Village every day.

Grevemberg clarified that 22 Cameroon athletes had been flown home back to Cameroon, with 14 reportedly flying on Wednesday, since the completion of their competitions.

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




Boxer Ulrich Rodrigue Yombo failed to appear at the weigh-in on Wednesday for his quarter-final bout in the 81-kilogram division against Harley O'Reilly, handing the Canadian the fight.

Cameroon team manager Victor Agbor Nso told the country's state broadcaster it was unfortunate for the country and its worldwide image. "We have a service to people who have legitimate visas to be in this country", Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive David Grevemberg told reporters.

We're obviously looking at it very carefully.

"It came as a complete surprise", he said.

The trio have been issued a strong reprimand by Games officials and warned they could lose their accreditation if any other members of the Indian team are issued infractions.

"I don't want to be blase".

The Australian Federal Police has been notified of the development, according to Kate Jones, a Queensland state government minister.

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