Cameroon Athletes Disappear at Australia Commonwealth Games

Cameroon Athletes Disappear at Australia Commonwealth Games

"We would appreciate them sticking within the law, enjoying themselves but sticking within the law", Beattie said.

All of the athletes, but Tsoye, are said to have competed in the events before disappearing.

Mr Lyonga called on the athletes to re-join the team, saying that they would not face consequences in Cameroon.

While the Cameroonians have gone missing, the now retired Usain Bolt arrived on the Gold Coast on Wednesday for a rare look at an event as a spectator.

One who failed to appear was Ulrich Rodrigue Yombo who skipped Wednesday morning's weigh-in for his quarter-final bout in the 81kg division against Canada's Harley O'Reilly.

Cameroon Commonwealth Games official Victor Agbor Nso has told The Independent Cameroonian weightlifters Aka Angeline Filji and Mikoumba Petit David also disappeared earlier this Games.

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Emily Seebohm pocketed two more golds, in the 50m backstroke and medley relay, to complete her Gold Coast medal set - she also won 100m backstroke silver and 200m backstroke bronze.

"It was fantastic to win two medals at my last Games, my last competition ever", Wallace told BBC Scotland.

"No, no, no. They are here", he said.

Arcangeline Fouodji Sonkbou of Cameroon waves to the crowd after competing during the Women's 69kg final during Weightlifting on day four of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre on April 8, 2018 on the Gold Coast, Australia.

"It happens at every Games and it's not a surprise".

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

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The Commonwealth Games Federation said it would monitor the situation but athletes had "the right to travel freely" on their visas.

"It's obviously disappointing that some of the athletes who've come didn't compete as they were scheduled to compete", he said.

Six of the eight athletes in question are men, but two of the missing are women.

Commonwealth Games organisers called for competitors to respect the law, mindful of the fact that more than 100 athletes overstayed their visas at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Anyone in Australia on a valid visa is legally entitled to claim asylum, but if that is what the Cameroon athletes are planning to do is unknown.

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