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Commonwealth Games: Athletes Urged to Respect Visas as Cameroon Athletes Go Missing

Commonwealth Games: Athletes Urged to Respect Visas as Cameroon Athletes Go Missing

'It's obviously disappointing that some of the athletes that have come, didn't compete, ' Grevemberg said.

MC Mary Kom is on course to claim India's first Commonwealth Games gold in women's boxing after her defeat of Sri Lanka's Anusha Dilrukshi Koddithuwak in the 48 kg bout.

Gold Coast 2018 chairman Peter Beattie urged the athletes to "stay within the law" and not stay in Australia beyond the expiry of their visas. There are a few areas we have noticed which require improvement and we have addressed them within the team.

"[We have] no other information, nobody knows where they went".

"The authorities are very disappointed with the deserters - some did not even compete", press attache Simon Molombe said. "I went from a boy to being a man, and hopefully did a lot of people proud".

"It's very worrying, it's not good for the image of the country".

Hours after Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton warned athletes who breached their visa conditions they'd be tracked down, locked up and deported, Sierra Leone's Ernest Jombla and Yusif Mansaray did not appear for their men's doubles match on Thursday morning.

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Beach Volleyball, Para Triathlon and Women's Rugby Sevens will make their Commonwealth Games debuts and for the first time at a Commonwealth Games, an equal number of men's and women's medal events will be contested.

While it is not possible to verify the profiles belong to who they say they do, Games officials have been able to confirm one thing.

Speaking with The Guardian yesterday, a board member of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Brown Ebewele said that is was a big shame that Nigerians, particularly sports ministry officials could be celebrating silver medals at the Commonwealth Games.

At London 2012, seven Cameroon athletes disappeared during the Olympics. Two Cameroonian weightlifters Francois Etoundi and Simplice Ribouem were granted refugee status, competing for Team Australia this year.

"Gold Coast. are missing from their respective rooms in the Games village", the team later said in a statement.

"However, Commonwealth Games visitors who do not meet their visa requirements can expect to have their visas cancelled". "Besides, home turf always brings out the best in you, which was the case with her today", said the Manipuri boxer.


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