More Games athletes on the run

More Games athletes on the run

"The Cameroon Commonwealth team is sad to announce that eight ... athletes they took to the 21st Commonwealth Games in [the] Gold Coast ... are missing from their respective rooms in the Games village", Victor Agbor Nso, Team Camerooan chef de mission, said.

In 2012, seven athletes from Cameroon were reported missing from the London Olympic Games. The Cameroon team has reported her missing.

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.

The athletes have been identified as boxers Fotsala Simplice, Fokou Arsene, Ndzie Tchoyi Christian, Yombo Ulrich and Ndiang Christelle, and weightlifters Matam Olivier Heracles, Minkoumba Petit David and Fouodji Sonkbou.

The nation's two other weightlifters and men's basketball team had left Australia and were en route to Cameroon, team officials said.

"If they don't want to be held in detention or locked up at the local watch house, they'd better jump on a plane before the 15th and comply with their visas conditions".

Meanwhile, the Commonwealth Games Federation said the missing athletes have not broken any laws at this stage, as their visas are still valid.

'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.

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"We have asked the Commonwealth Games association of India to depart Australia on the first flights available". Fourteen of them were from Sierra Leone.

"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".

"The authorities are very disappointed with the deserters - some did not even compete", Mr Molombe said.

He said Cameroon plans to be in attendance at the closing ceremony on Sunday.

Cameroon press attache Simon Molombe told Fairfax Media the athletes' whereabouts were unknown.

Out of those who went missing, six competed without winning medals, while two absconded before they had competed.

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

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