Eight Cameroon athletes have fled the Commonwealth Games

Charlene Craig
April 15, 2018

Cameroon, along with Rwanda, is the newest member state of The Commonwealth.

At least thirteen African athletes have been reported missing at the Commonwealth Games in Australia.

In a weird set of events, five more athletes appear to be missing from Commonwealth Games Village organisers said on Thursday, after eight competitors from Cameroon were suspected of fleeing a day earlier.

"We are having a meeting later in the day to understand the whole matter because the weightlifting official told us the two athletes had "gone visiting". First in the night of April 8 three athletes departed the village.

He said Cameroon plans to be in attendance at the closing ceremony on Sunday. Seven of them were from Cameroon.

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"When we got up in the morning, they were not there".

Speaking to the BBC, Mr Molombe said: "The authorities are very disappointed with the deserters - some did not even compete".

Nwanaga, who was reacting to her poor outing, told the News Agency of Nigeria from Gold Coast on telephone that maybe her best was not good enough to win her a medal.

Australian Border Force were searching for weightlifters Olivier Matam Matam, Arcangeline Fouodji and Petit David Minkoumba, and boxers Ndzie Tchoyi and Simplice Fotsala after they apparently fled.

It's not known if any of those 11 missing athletes have approached Ready Migration.

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Cameroon's remaining two weightlifters, along with the country's basketball team, were already heading home, the team added. "We have no idea which direction they headed in".

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story reported that the Cameroon team consisted of 24 athletes.

"We have officially informed our hierarchy back home: the ministry of sports and the president of the National Olympic Committee of Cameroon", said Victor Agbor Nso.

"My understanding is that of this morning ... there isn't any official lodgement of any missing persons, but certainly the Australian Federal Police are monitoring the issue", she said.

Its a bit of an embarrassment for the countries to send out athletes and for them to go missing like this.

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All had competed except Tsoye, who failed to show up for his weigh-in for his 91kg quarter-final on Tuesday, granting his opponent a walk-over victory.

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