#GC2018: Authorities disappointed as Cameroonian athletes disappear

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FIVE Cameroon athletes competing at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast have gone missing.

Last night, a further three athletes left their rooms, the statement said.

Beattie, a former Queensland state premier, said the authorities had mechanisms in place to deal with the situation if the athletes overstay their visas.

These athletes are guests here in Australia.

Eight athletes from conflict-hit Cameroon - one-third of the central African country's 24-strong team - were said to be missing from the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday, sparking an Australian Border Force manhunt.

"We have also laid a formal complaint to the Australian police". Six of the athletes had already competed but two had not.

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

Cameroon press attache Simon Molombe told Fairfax Media the athletes' whereabouts were unknown.

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Five boxers and three weightlifters from the country were said to have left the athlete village since Sunday, with some of them not even turning up for competition, as they were scheduled to.

"This happens at every games, it's no surprise. if there is a breach (of visa) Peter Dutton and his team will deal with it", Beattie said.

"New Zealand has over 250 athletes competing in the Games including 13 para athletes competing in 3 para sports and I am excited for the opportunity to see the games and support our athletes".

After initial reports of five athletes unaccounted for, Cameroon's chef de mission Victor Agbo Nso confirmed on Wednesday the number had grown to eight.

He said two other weightlifters, Aka Angeline Filji and Mikoumba Petit David, had earlier gone missing from the Games, but did not specify when. "They have the right to travel freely, but this is obviously an issue that team Cameroon is monitoring closely and until it becomes a real issue in terms of visas and so forth we would obviously have to take that very seriously".

In 2012, seven Cameroonian athletes disappeared while in London for the Olympics.

"Like other visitors to Australia, Commonwealth Games visitors who hold a valid visa, are free to enjoy their stay in Australia".

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