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Aubrey Yates
April 13, 2018

Eight athletes from conflict-hit Cameroon have gone missing from the Commonwealth Games' athlete's village on the Gold Coast, team officials said on Wednesday.

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.

Cameroon's remaining two weightlifters, along with the country's basketball team, were already heading home, the team added.

Ms Martin said an investigation into the incident had found denials by the two athletes to be "unreliable and evasive".

He said he "doesn't think they'll come back".

At the conclusion of the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, 45 athletes and officials from Bangladesh, Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone overstayed their visas or applied for protection visas once the Games had finished.

SOUTHERN DOWNS mayor Tracy Dobie has expressed her sympathy for Cameroon officials after one-third of their athletes were reported missing from the Commonwealth Games Village.

The Australian Border Force has been alerted to the missing athletes.

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The athletes - two women and six men - were named as boxers Simplice Fotsala, Arsene Fokou, Ndzie Tchoyi, Ulrich Yombo and Christelle Ndiang, plus weightlifters Olivier Matam, David Minkoumba Petit and Arcangeline Sonkbou Fouodji.

"We would appreciate them sticking within the law, enjoying themselves, but sticking within the law". Cameroon team manager Victor Agbor Nso told local media he had reported the matter to police on Wednesday.

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

Botswana moved down one spot from 14th to joint-15th with two gold and one silver, while Uganda also went down two places to 17th on two gold and one bronze.

"Frankly, the bottom line is it happens regularly within Australia, there is a mechanism in place to deal with it and I don't get too excited by this", he told reporters Wednesday.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton took the extraordinary step of warning athletes against trying to overstay their visas.

It is not the first time Cameroon have had trouble keeping track of their athletes.

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