UPDATE @ 7:12am on April 12: It’s being reported that the entire Cameroon Team has decided to head home after eight of its athletes – a third of its team – went missing on the Gold Coast.
The missing athletes are made up of five weightlifters and three boxers. Six of the athletes competed in their events before disappearing, while two others failed to turn up for their events at all.
Channel Nine reports Cameroon’s Chef de Mission, Victor Agbor Nso, said he believed the athletes left in “three waves”, with the first three leaving on April 8, two more leaving April 9 and three others leaving on April 10.
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The missing athletes have not yet broken any laws as their visas permit them to travel freely around Australia until May.
EARLIER @ 10:44am on April 11: FIVE Cameroon athletes competing at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast have gone missing.
Word of the missing African athletes first spread online around 6pm on Tuesday after three of them – a weightlifter and two boxers – failed to show up to their scheduled events.
A further two weightlifters also went missing earlier in the competition, but it is yet to be specified when.
Cameroon team manager Victor Agbor Nso said all five athletes are yet to be found.
Nso told Cameroon state broadcaster CRTV that the Ministry of Sports and the president of the National Olympic Committee of Cameroon had been notified.
He also said a “formal complaint” had been made with the “Australian police”.
myGC contacted the Queensland Police Service, which referred questions to the Cameroon Commonwealth Games Association.
It is not the first time Cameroonian athletes have gone missing while competing in the West.
In 2012, five boxers, a swimmer and a footballer from the African nation vanished during the London Olympic Games.
A further nine disappeared while competing at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne back in 2006.