More African athletes missing from Games

Friana Kwevira from Vanuatu won bronze in the para-athletics womens F46 javelin

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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.

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.

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

Commonwealth officials have informed the Australian police about the "desertion" and authorities have warned the athletes about overstaying.

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Eight of Cameroon's 24 competing athletes have gone missing over the course of three days, leaving in three groups.

A formal complaint has been made to the Australian police but the Border Force are no longer monitoring the situation.

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

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He said they were "taking the mickey".

Nso said the rest of Team Cameroon - 34 in total, including basketballers and two other weightlifters - and their officials have already left Australia.

The Cameroon team's press agent Simon Molombe told the players "just left in the night" and there were no leads on the missing athletes on Thursday morning.

"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.

Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive David Grevemberg said it was disappointing the athletes didn't show up they were scheduled to compete.

A sixth Cameroon athlete, Ulrich Rodrigue Yombo, was on Wednesday confirmed missing after he failed to appear at the weigh-in on Wednesday ahead of the quarter-final bout in the 81kg division. They aren't going to game the system, and aren't going to stay here.

Two Ugandans and potentially one Ghanaian are also missing in action.

The Cameroonian athletes on the Gold Coast also have the right to apply for asylum.

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