Cameroonian athletes disappear at Commonwealth Games

12 April, 2018, 00:10 | Author: Regina Lloyd
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The nation's last hope‚ Sinethemba Blom in the 64kg division‚ was adjudged the loser in a tight last-eight contest against Ghana's Jessie Lartey‚ who is now guaranteed a medal.

Olusoji Fasuba, a member of quartet that won the 2004 Olympics Game 4x100m bronze medal on Wednesday said that Team Nigeria's relay would perform well at the ongoing Commonwealth Games. First in the night of April 8 three athletes departed the village. Later, the badminton mixed team clinched historical and maiden gold in the Commonwealth Games.

Team attache Simon Molombe said he did not expect them to return.

The fact that two of the Cameroonian athletes had failed to take part in their events particularly saddened Commonwealth Games Federation chief David Grevemberg.

The Australian Border Force has been alerted to the missing athletes. They are still within their visas, they have the right to travel freely.

Meanwhile, a search has been initiated by the Australian Police for the missing Cameron athletes and the Ministry of Sports and Physical Education had been duly posted about the developments.

"The authorities are very disappointed with the deserters - some did not even compete". I believe they will be working on baton exchange although I would have preferred if it was done longer.

"Their team-mates informed us they had left", he added.

"We imagine they went away wilfully".




The Singaporean put a back hand long as the Indian completed a 3-0 (11-7 11-4 11-7), leading to wild celebrations.

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

Due to possessing a superior goal difference, England need just a draw to finish atop Pool B. Get live score of India vs England, Pool B hockey match, 2018 Commonwealth Games, here.

The Cameroon team at the opening ceremony.

Five boxers, a swimmer and football player absconded from the Athletes' Village at the Games.

Nine Cameroon athletes disappeared at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games in Australia.

Cameroon weightlifters Francois Etoundi and Simplice Ribouem both received refugee status, and were in the 2018 Australian team.

"This happens at every Games, it's no surprise. if there is a breach (home affairs minister) Peter Dutton and his team will deal with it", Beattie said.

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