Two athletes ordered to leave Commonwealth Games on first flight home

Esther Moore
April 16, 2018

Games officials appear clueless over the whereabouts of one-third of the Cameroon team after eight of its 24 members walked out of the athletes' village, never to return again.

Those 14 athletes left the Games village during the event but later turned themselves in to immigration officials.

"These athletes. were part of a team that had a training camp before getting to Gold Coast", he said in a statement.

The Cameroon team's press attaché Simon Molombe told news.com.au: "They just left in the night".

"We would appreciate them sticking within the law, enjoying themselves, but sticking within the law", organising committee boss Peter Beattie told reporters.

"These people and others that might have a similar objective need to hear this message very clearly - they aren't going to game the system", he said.

Grevemberg warned, however, that they would take the matter "very seriously" if they were found to have broken the regulations.

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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". They are still within their visas, they have the right to travel freely.

Cameroon still has athletes scheduled to compete in track and field, wrestling and boxing before Sunday's closing ceremony.

It's not the first time Australia has dealt with cases of missing global athletes, mostly from African nations, suspected of fleeing in a bid to seek asylum.

"It's also important to state that they are still free to travel in Australia under the terms of their visas", he said. Following 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.

"The Australian government is working closely with the organising committee and global stakeholders to ensure that Commonwealth Games officials and athletes are aware of their visa responsibilities", the ABF said in a statement on Thursday. In some cases athletes applied for asylum.

"However, Commonwealth Games visitors who do not meet their visa requirements can expect to have their visas cancelled".

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