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Cameroon athletes missing from Commonwealth Games

16 April 2018, 02:02 | Stacy Ballard

Manika Batra was the star for India with two singles victories

Manika Batra was the star for India with two singles victories

Patrick Ogwel, the team manager and assistant secretary at the National Council of Sports told Xinhua that two weightlifters did not return to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games village on Wednesday.

He explained the athletes left in "three waves" over three consecutive days.

No failed drugs tests have been reported at the Games, but pre-tournament testing snared three Australian athletes and a number of foreign competitors.

"Australia must also be congratulated for their hugely successful event and they can be proud of the organisation and facilities they have delivered".

Out of those who went missing, six competed without winning medals, while two absconded before they had competed.

"Why did they take action on both athletes?"

Meanwhile, most of the remaining Cameroon delegation has left Australia now that their specific competitions are complete.

On Monday night, another two were declared missing, and finally, on Tuesday, three others left their room.

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"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.

"There's no reason why they couldn't have returned here, but to do that without it being obvious to someone, they would have had to either arrange for transport prior to leaving Warwick and I don't believe the team was in communication with members of our public for long enough to develop that sort of relationship".

The Commonwealth Games Federation has stated the athletes would be monitored, however they have the right to travel freely.

All athletes at the Commonwealth Games have visas to travel in Australia until May 15.

He said two other weightlifters, Aka Angeline Filji and Mikoumba Petit David, had earlier gone missing from the Games, but did not specify when.

"The authorities are very disappointed with the deserters - some did not even compete", Molombe said.

African athletes committing vanishing acts at the Australian Commonwealth Games have increased to 13, with five more from Uganda and Rwanda also disappearing.

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation was established in January 2012 to prepare for the event.



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