Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Government congratulates Team SA for Commonwealth performance

Government congratulates Team SA for Commonwealth performance

Eight members of the Cameroon team competing in the Commonwealth Games on Australia's Gold Coast have gone missing.

Cameroon's flagbearer Essiane Clotilde leads the delegation during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, on April 4, 2018 on Australia's Gold Coast.

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 went missing on Tuesday.

The athletes' visas expire on May 15, a month after the Games concludes, and cases of disappearances have already hit the headlines.

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

At 79 years of age, Pitcairn and Nicole Rossignol of Hinton, Alberta competed in the Queen's Prize Pairs Finals shooting competition which took place Monday and Tuesday at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

Cameroon officials are still working with the Australian Border Force to locate their eight missing athletes.

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"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".

It is the second time the Indian team have been in breach of the policy on the Gold Coast after boxing team doctor Amol Patil was issued a strong written reprimand last week after needles were discovered in a plastic bottle.

Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (GOLDOC) chairman Peter Beattie said competitors should follow visa regulations. "Until it becomes a true issue and it is established they have outstayed their visas or formally applied for asylum, we will monitor the situation", he said.

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

Of those 100 athletes, 45 tried to stay in Australia, including athletes from Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Tanzania and Cameroon.

The Australian government - which has maintained a strict stance on overseas visitors entering the country - has warned athletes not to overstay their visas acquired for the Games.

"They are keeping a watching brief on these athletes", she said.

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