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Cameroonian Athletes Flee Commonwealth Games 2018

Cameroonian Athletes Flee Commonwealth Games 2018

Indian athletes Rakesh Babu and Irfan Kolothum Thodi Happen to Be Shipped home from the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games after a needle Has Been found in a cup Within their bedroom in the Athletes' Village, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) said on Friday. "The focus now is to support teams in trying to track down the athletes who are missing", he added.

It came as Grevemberg said Cameroon officials have pleaded for Gold Coast residents, tourists and athletes to come forward with any information regarding the Cameroon athletes that left the village earlier this week.

"They took away everything, if they left a message we would have looked for them already".

'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, ' he said.

He said they were "taking the mickey".

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.

"They were here to train and they stuck to their training programs".

"The question is how they are confident that one syringe is being used by both athletes", Chaudry said. "May the success of the South African team inspire aspiring young sports athletes", Government Communication and Information Service's Acting Director-General Phumla Williams said.

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"I appreciate that it's not unimaginable, certainly you could hire a vehicle and drive here, but if that was the case someone would know about it".

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton had issued a warning to athletes in the lead-up to the Games not to overstay the visas they were issued to compete.

Games officials are stumped over the whereabouts of the Cameroonian athletes, five who are boxers and three who are weightlifters.

Three more boxers have since vanished, sparking an Australian Border Force manhunt.

The five athletes whose names are, Ollivier Matam, Minkoumba Petit David, Arcangeline, Fouodji Sonkbou, Ndzie Tchoyi Christian and Fotsala Simplice, disappeared on Monday and Tuesday.

The nation's two other weightlifters and men's basketball team had left Australia and were en route to Cameroon, team officials said.

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

Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive David Grevemberg said his organisation was monitoring the situation but until the missing Cameroonians broke Australian law it was a matter for them and their team officials. They are still within their visas, they have the right to travel freely.


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