Australia sternly warns Commonwealth Athletes as some go missing

Australia sternly warns Commonwealth Athletes as some go missing

Commonwealth Games boss Peter Beattie said while the athletes' visas allow them to spend time enjoying Australia, they should return to their home country as scheduled.

A men's squash pairing from Sierra Leone and a Rwandan para-powerlifting coach have become the latest African athletes to miss their event at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Two athletes from Sierra Leone the latest to go missing at the Commonwealth Games.

Cameroon team manager Victor Agbor Nso on Wednesday confirmed weightlifter Olivier Matam and boxers Ndzie Tchoyi and Simplice Fotsala had been due to compete this week but could not be found.

"The Chairman of this athletes ... are both equally unreliable and elusive", Martin told reporters.

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.

As the search continues for Cameroon's five boxers and three weightlifters, Grevemberg insisted the welfare of the athletes came first.

Games officials said the athletes had not breached their visas and were able to move around Australia as they liked.

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He said they were "taking the mickey".

Cameroon press attache Simon Molombe told Fairfax Media the athletes' whereabouts were unknown. In London during the Olympics, Cameroonian athletes left the competition without authorisation.

"We are disappointed to hear that a total of eight athletes from the Cameroonian team left the Athletes' Village without notice", the CGF said in a statement.

'These people and others that might have a similar objective need to hear this message very clearly - they aren't going to game the system, ' he said.

"We have no idea which direction they headed in", Mr Molombe said.

"But these athletes are guests here in Australia, they are still within their visas and they have the right to travel freely", Grevemberg said.

A Cameroon team spokesman said 14 athletes who had finished their events had already flown home, but there were others still waiting to compete in wrestling and boxing.

"Right now we are anxious about safety and welfare of the athletes and we are taking this very seriously and monitoring the situation with team Cameroon".

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