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Commonwealth Games: 8 Cameroon athletes go missing in Gold Coast

Commonwealth Games: 8 Cameroon athletes go missing in Gold Coast

After a week of competition, the pool matches were completed on Wednesday on the Gold Coast and it is Neville's England and the Aussie Diamonds who have maintained a ideal record of five wins from their five games to reach the last four.

The central African country are said to have traveled to the events with a 24-man team and eight of them are reported to have vanished in the space of three days according to CNN.

The athletes have been identified as boxers Fotsala Simplice, Fokou Arsene, Ndzie Tchoyi Christian, Yombo Ulrich and Ndiang Christelle, and weightlifters Matam Olivier Heracles, Minkoumba Petit David and Fouodji Sonkbou.

FIVE more Commonwealth Games athletes are reportedly on the run.

Budd, due to her British roots, went on to run at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics under Team Britain after South Africa was banned from the Olympics movement for its racial segregation policies.

"I think it's disappointing that athletes that have come didn't compete as they were scheduled to compete", he said.

They were last seen at different times on Monday and Tuesday at their accommodation and have since been reported to the Australian police as "deserters", a Cameroonian press attache Simon Molombe told the BBC.

It is not the first time Cameroon athletes have disappeared at a major sporting event.

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'Until it becomes a real issue in terms of visas and so forth we would obviously need to take that very seriously but right now it's a safety and welfare issue for those athletes from a Team Cameroon perspective'.

Commonwealth Games organising committee chairman Peter Beattie said they had worked hard with the Australian government on the entry system and he "encouraged" the 6,000 visiting athletes and officials not to breach the terms of their visas.

The fact that two of the Cameroonian athletes had failed to take part in their events particularly saddened Commonwealth Games Federation chief David Grevemberg.

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

In 2012, five male boxers, a female footballer and a male swimmer absconded from the London Olympic village.

Queensland Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones confirmed the Australian Federal Police (AFP) were "monitoring the issue", although no formal missing person report has been made.

"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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