Cameroon athletes vanish at Commonwealth Games

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It had initially been suggested that five of the 24-strong Cameroonian team had absconded from the Gold Coast 2018 Athletes' Village but Nso revealed the number was actually eight.

"These athletes left in three waves - first in the night of April 8 three athletes departed from the village".

Australia's Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton warned that athletes would be forcibly removed from the country if they attempted to overstay their visas.

After the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, 26 people requested asylum in Australia.

Another boxer Juma Miiro is already assured of a medal after qualifying for the semifinals in the 46-49kg weight category.

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has suspended the two from competing and said they would be put on the next flight home.

"When an athlete comes to Australia to compete in a competition, we expect them to front-up on the field and compete, so we are disappointed about that", Jones said.

He said they were "taking the mickey".

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Athlete visas for the Commonwealth Games expire on May 15, Grevemberg said.

The officials say the five boxers and three weightlifters left the Gold Coast village over the past three days but authorities say they have not broken any law.

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

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.

In 2012, seven Cameroonian athletes disappeared while in London for the Olympics.

"We encourage people to get a visa, come here and compete, stay a little while after, spend some money in this country and then go home, and that's our position", Mr Beattie told ABC Radio. Weightlifters Olivier Heracles Matam Matam, Petit David Minkoumba and Arcangeline Sonkbou Fouodji are also among the missing.

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

They were reportedly seen working at a auto wash in Cumbernauld, a town 14 miles to the north-east of Glasgow, but were later found living at a hostel for asylum seekers in Cardiff.

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