Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Athletes who vanished during Commonwealth Games turn up in Sydney

Athletes who vanished during Commonwealth Games turn up in Sydney

Commonwealth Games officials confirmed last month eight Cameroon athletes, two Ugandans and one Rwandan had gone missing from their rooms in the Games village on the Gold Coast.

Rogue athletes aren't uncommon at big worldwide sporting events, and Australia saw similar circumstances after the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

"On the face of what I have seen so far, people are validly on visas until mid-May, nonetheless though we are concerned that people haven't turned up to events when that is the reason they were here".

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton promised when the first athletes were reported missing his staff would track them down.

Their visas officially expire at midnight on Tuesday, but they may be eligible for bridging visas, allowing them to avoid detention if they don't fly home today.

Athletes from Cameroon enter the stadium for the Opening Ceremony.

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Cameroonian weightlifters Olivier Matam, Arcangeline Fouodji Sonkbou and Mikoumba Petit David and boxers Tchoyi and Simplice Fotsala, Fokou Arsene, Christelle Ndiang and Yombo Ulrich were among those who vanished from the Games village.

There were also concerns about two Sierra Leone squash players who missed events, but their nation's authorities insisted neither athlete was missing.

The Cameroon team's press attaché Simon Molombe told at the time: "They just left in the night".

"Our highest hope is that they should return and go back home to Cameroon", he said.

Cameroon athletes have gone missing from worldwide sporting events before.

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