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The Cameroon Commonwealth Games team has rejected suggestions it has left Australia after eight of its athletes fled the competition and are now missing.

Aka Angeline Filji and Mikoumba Petit David, both weightlifters, and three boxers - Fokou Arsene, Christelle Ndiang and Yombo Ulrich - have also gone missing.

"The minister told the athletes that he would buy the kits for them".

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

"I don't think we've been quiet about wanting to come home with the gold".

The fact that two of the Cameroonian athletes had failed to take part in their events particularly saddened Commonwealth Games Federation chief David Grevemberg.

If you missed some of the overnight action it was a terrific night led by Australia's field athletes, a strong night for England's diving team, with Tracey Neville's netballers also daring to dream of gold.

Police said none of the Cameroon athletes have been reported missing.

They were followed by three Guineans and three Ivorians, while two members of the Sudanese team and one Ethiopian sought asylum in the UK.


Cameroon Chef de Mission Victor Agbor Nso confirmed the eight athletes, including three weightlifters and five boxers, had disappeared from the Gold Coast 2018 Athletes' Village.

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games - Opening ceremony - Carrara Stadium - Gold Coast, Australia - April 4, 2018 - Athletes of Cameroon attend the opening ceremony.

The 2018 Games are now underway in the Gold Coast in the Australian State of Queensland.

'Border security is aware of it - these people are still within their visa - but at the end of the day I would encourage them to return to the village'.

Stuart, the 29-year-old national record holder, is hoping that she can come back tomorrow and improve on her eighth place finish at the last Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

This is not the first time a group of athletes have been reported missing from a major sporting event.

"In the meantime, the other two weight lifters of the delegation, along with the basketball players and officials have already left Australia and are presently airborne for Cameroon", the statement read.

Peter Beattie, the local organising committee chairman, added: "There is a system to deal with this and it will be dealt with".

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