Cameroonian athletes 'disappear' at Commonwealth Games in Australia

Cameroonian athletes 'disappear' at Commonwealth Games in Australia

One member of Rwanda's delegation at the on-going Commonwealth Games now underway in Australia has gone missing.

"A position's been taken, they haven't had their moment to stand on a podium and hear their national anthem".

"It is obviously disappointing that some of the athletes who have come didn't compete when scheduled to compete", he said at a press conference Wednesday.

'The compliance officers will be out there, I promise, tracking these people down and they'll be deported as quickly as possible, ' he told Macquarie Radio on Thursday.

The three weightlifters and five boxers were last seen at different times on Monday and Tuesday, he 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".

A sixth Cameroon athlete, Ulrich Rodrigue Yombo, was on Wednesday confirmed missing after he failed to appear at the weigh-in on Wednesday ahead of the quarter-final bout in the 81kg division.

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Hanson, who is easily the most senior member of Australia's Games team, said he had never dreamed of wearing gold on the podium.

"But out here, only six of them effectively took part in their respective competitions, while two left without competing". First in the night of April 8 three athletes departed the village.

Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive David Grevemberg stressed the athletes remain guests in Australia despite their disappearance. Fourteen were from Sierra Leone who later reported to to immigration officials.

"We would appreciate them sticking within the law, enjoying themselves, but sticking within the law", organising committee boss Peter Beattie told reporters. "If they are thinking of doing anything other, I would encourage them not to do it".

"There were no worries this kind of thing might happen", he insisted.

"Some of them did not even compete before they went missing and our pious hope is that they come back to the village and return home with the other Cameroonian athletes".