Cameroonian athletes vanish at Commonwealth Games


"But these athletes are guests here in Australia, they are still within their visas and they have the right to travel freely", Grevemberg said. The first round of missing athletes were discovered on Sunday when three of the team "departed the village". "These are global athletes who have very strict training programs and they undertook their training as was expected", Cr Dobie said.

"England have beaten New Zealand over the last couple of years but we've never done it in a major tournament", said goal keeper Geva Mentor.

Team Cameroon officials have notified Australia police of the situation, as well as state officials in their home country.

The athletes - Fotsala Simplice, Fokou Arsene, Ndzie Tchoyi Christian, Yombo Ulrich, Ndiang Christelle, Minkoumba Petit David, Fouodji Arcangeline Sonkbou and Matam Matam Olivier Heracles - left the designated competitors' village on the Gold Coast this week. "If they are thinking of doing anything other, I would encourage them not to do it".

"Although they have valid visas until mid-May. we are concerned because they haven't turned up for events when they are the reason they are here, " he told Macquarie Media radio on Thursday.

She also made it to the semi-finals recording one of the four best fastest times not to qualify automatically from the Heats.

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

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After the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, 26 people requested asylum in Australia.

While Semenya broke the world record in the 1500m race finishing with a time of 4:00:71 breaking legendary athlete, Zola Budd's 34-year-old South African record set in 1984.

At London 2012, seven Cameroon athletes disappeared during the Olympics.

Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has warned athletes not to breach their visas.

"That includes Cameroon and any other athletes".

"The Department does not comment on individual cases".