Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Cameroon athletes missing at Commonwealth Games in Australia

Cameroon athletes missing at Commonwealth Games in Australia

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.

This is the second time since 2012 that Cameroonian athletes have gone missing at an global competition.

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

Eight athletes, a third of the team from conflict-hit Cameroon, are now missing from the Commonwealth Games in Australia, team officials said Wednesday.

India only required a draw to progress to the Semi-final as they had accumulated a tally of six points from three matches before they faced South Africa, who needed to win the match as they could only accumulate four points from their first three games.

Cameroon's remaining two weightlifters, along with the country's basketball team, were already heading home, the team added.

Mr Beattie, a former Queensland state premier, said the authorities had mechanisms in place to deal with the situation if the athletes overstayed their visas.

"We also still have a chance in diving and lawn well as squash, which is still in progress".

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"[We have] no other information, nobody knows where they went".

"They are keeping a watching brief on these athletes", she said. They are still within their visas, they have the right to travel freely.

Beach Volleyball, Para Triathlon and Women's Rugby Sevens will make their Commonwealth Games debuts and for the first time at a Commonwealth Games, an equal number of men's and women's medal events will be contested.

"We would appreciate them sticking within the law, enjoying themselves, but sticking within the law", organising committee boss Peter Beattie told reporters.

In 2006, more than 40 athletes and officials who participated in the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne overstayed or sought asylum in Australia, including from the African countries of Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

Tracey Neville has urged her England netball team to use the historic victory over New Zealand to spur them to Commonwealth gold and allow the veteran Geva Mentor to retire happy, whenever that may be.

Cameroon said the group had valid Australian visas until 15th May.

Praught swept past Kenya's pre-race favourite Celliphine Chespol on the last bend to win in 9:22.61 to surprise the Kenyans who swept all three medals at the past two Games.

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