Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Six Cameroon athletes MIA at Commonwealth Games

Six Cameroon athletes MIA at Commonwealth Games

Indian shooters continued their medal rush at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Wednesday, as Shreyasi Singh won the gold while Om Prakash Mitharval and Ankur Mittal settled for the bronze in thrie event.

The five boxers and three weightlifters - making up a third of the nation's team - disappeared from their official accommodation in the athletes' village at Griffith University on Australia's Gold Coast, officials said.

The Australian Associated Press quoted Cameroon team manager Victor Agbor Nso as saying weightlifter Olivier Matam Matam and boxers Christian Ndzie Tsoye and Simplice Fotsala had been due to compete Tuesday but could not be found.

They left in waves, with three going missing on the night of April 8, another two vanishing on April 9 before the remaining group left at night on April 10.

Mitch Larkin has said the comparison to Ian Thorpe after winning his fifth Gold Coast Commonwealth Games gold medal is phenomenal as his competitors praised is achievements.

"They took away everything, if they left a message we would have looked for them already".

And Australia also won Bronze in the team final of the Rythmic Gymnastics, thanks to the Women's team of Enid Sung, Danielle Prince and Alexandra Kiroi-Bogatyreva.

"With the condition of the home based athletes, I would say they need more money than the foreign based athletes".

No one was available to comment at the Cameroon team on Wednesday.

The fresh decision was taking after eight athletes suddenly disappeared from Team Cameroon at the event.

Indeed, this is not the first time that Australia has had such problems as more than 100 athletes overstayed their visas having gained entry to the country via their participation at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.

"There are mechanisms in place and they haven't breached their visas".

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

The Australian government has warned athletes against overstaying their visas.

"I don't want to be blase".

"It's important to remember that these athletes are guests here in Australia at this time, they are still within their visas, they have a right to travel freely", he added.

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