MISSING: Mayor offers sympathy to Cameroon team

Fireworks are set off at the Opening Ceremony for the 2018 Commonwealth Games

Fireworks are set off at the Opening Ceremony for the 2018 Commonwealth Games

Cameroon has been hit by another worldwide scandal as eight athletes competing at the Commonwealth Games in Australia have gone missing ahead of the finale on Sunday.

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.

This comes days after eight Cameroonian athletes went missing at the games, raising concern from the organizers.

"We have no idea which direction they headed in", Mr Molombe said.

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.

They left in waves, with three going missing on the night of April 8, another two vanishing on April 9 before the remaining group left at night on April 10.

"The team was here in Warwick training, but the reality is we are three hours away from the Gold Coast, it is quite a trip", Cr Dobie told news.com.au.


More than 4,500 athletes from 71 countries will take part during the course of the games, which began on April 5, competing for a total of 275 gold medals.

Dutton said if any of the missing athletes claimed protection status, Border Force would test each case.

An Australian Border Force (ABF) spokesperson said in a statement today that the Australian Government had been "working closely with the organising committee and global stakeholders to ensure Commonwealth Games officials and athletes were aware of their visa responsibilities". "If they are thinking of doing anything other, I would encourage them not to do it".

But because all have Australian visas until May 15, no crime has yet been committed.

"There are mechanisms in place and they haven't breached their visas".

"They left our region as a team to go and compete in the Commonwealth Games".

The Australian government has warned athletes against overstaying their visas.

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