Commonwealth Games: Cameroonian Athletes disappear from Games Village

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The largest sporting event to be staged in Australia this decade, the Gold Coast 2018, will feature the largest integrated sports programme in Commonwealth Games history, comprising 18 sports and seven para-sports.

Eight of Cameroon's 24 competing athletes have gone missing over the course of three days, leaving in three groups.

Three weightlifters and two boxers have not been seen since Tuesday, while another three have since gone missing, including boxer Christelle Ndiang, who disappeared after losing her bout to Australian Skye Nicholson on Tuesday.

The Indian Women's Hockey Team qualified for the Semi-Finals of the Gold Coast 2018 XXI Commonwealth Games as they defeated South Africa by 1-0 in their last Pool A match here at the Gold Coast Hockey Centre.

Weightlifter Olivier Matam and boxers Ndzie Tchoyi and Simplice Fotsala have not been found since they failed to take part in their respective competitions this week.

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"In the meantime, the other two weightlifters of the delegation, along with the basketball players and officials, have already left Australia and are presently airborne for Cameroon", he said.

"The safety and welfare of those athletes from the Team Cameroon perspective is being taken very, very seriously, but we are obviously monitoring that situation with Team Cameroon", Mr Grevemberg added.

The Australian government has warned athletes against overstaying their visas. "And if they are thinking of doing anything other, I would encourage them not to".

Next up is Jamaica, another team with history against England - dramatically beating them to bronze at the last Games in Glasgow, with numerous current team's friends and family watching in the stands.

"With the condition of the home based athletes, I would say they need more money than the foreign based athletes".

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"This happens at every games, it's no surprise. if there is a breach (of visa) Peter Dutton and his team will deal with it", Beattie said.

In 2012, five Cameroonian male boxers, a female footballer and a male swimmer absconded from the London Olympic village.

Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive David Grevemberg on Wednesday said it was disappointing the athletes didn't show up when they were scheduled to compete.

"We've played them a lot of times in the last few years, they know how we play, we know how they play so it was hard work for both teams but we can put our game out there and give it a good go".

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