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Cameroonian athletes desert Commonwealth Games

16 April 2018, 02:07 | Percy Christensen

By Greg Stutchbury

By Greg Stutchbury

Games officials said race walker Irfan Kolothum Thodi and triple jumper Rakesh Babu were found to have a syringe in their room in the athletes' village on the Gold Coast.

The Cameroonian athletes could apply for asylum in Australia but they would risk a lengthy stay in detention if Border Force canceled their existing visas, Burnside said.

No failed drugs tests have been reported at the Games, but pre-tournament testing snared three Australian athletes and a number of foreign competitors.

Another boxer Juma Miiro is already assured of a medal after qualifying for the semifinals in the 46-49kg weight category.

The missing group comprises five boxers and three weightlifters, with two of the athletes not bothering to turn up to compete.

"But out here, only six of them effectively took part in their respective competitions, while two left without competing".

Cr Dobie said there was no indication they were unhappy and "they were great ambassadors for their country, there was no indication at any time that there was an issue with individuals".

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Mr Dutton said most Games athletes were on visas that remained valid until mid-May, but he was concerned by two instances in which athletes missed their events at the Games "when that was the reason they were here".

All athletes at the Commonwealth Games have visas to travel in Australia until May 15.

The Cameroon team's press agent Simon Molombe told news.com.au the players "just left in the night" and there were no leads on the missing athletes on Thursday morning.

"We would appreciate them sticking within the law, enjoying themselves, but sticking within the law", Beattie said. Weightlifters Olivier Heracles Matam Matam, Petit David Minkoumba and Arcangeline Sonkbou Fouodji are also among the missing.

Grevemberg said it was disappointing the athletes didn't show up when they were scheduled to compete.

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

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation was established in January 2012 to prepare for the event.



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