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5 Cameroon Athletes Disappear At Commonwealth Games

All missing athletes had competed except Tsoye, who failed to show up for his weigh-in for his 91kg quarter-final on Tuesday, granting his opponent a walk-over victory.

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Five Cameroonian athletes have been reported missing from the Commonwealth Games athletes village, the country’s officials have announced.

Notifying Queensland police of the athletes’ disappearance, the officials said they suspect the athletes fled with the intention not to return home.

Weightlifter Olivier Matam Matam and boxers Christian Ndzie Tsoye and Simplice Fotsala have been missing since earlier this week, while weightlifters Arcangeline Fouodji Sonkbou and Petit Minkoumba disappeared from the camp on Tuesday.

All missing athletes had competed except Tsoye, who failed to show up for his weigh-in for his 91kg quarter-final on Tuesday, granting his opponent a walk-over victory.

Cameroon team manager Victor Agbor Nso decried the development, saying it was unfortunate for the country and its international image.

“We have officially informed our hierarchy back home: the ministry of sports and the president of the National Olympic Committee of Cameroon.

“We have also laid formal complaint to the Australian police,” he said.

The Queensland Commonwealth Games minister, Kate Jones, said the Australian federal police were “keeping a watching brief on these athletes”.

Cameroon athletes have fled from events before. After the 2012 London Olympics, at least 21 athletes were reported missing, including seven from Cameroon, and four from the DRC, as well as nationals of Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire, Sudan and Ethiopia.

Similarly, following the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, more than 40 athletes and officials overstayed or sought asylum in Australia, many of them Africans.

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