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13 African athletes go missing at Commonwealth Games

AFP  |  Gold Coast 

Five more African athletes may have vanished from the Commonwealth Games, organisers said today, after eight competitors from were suspected of fleeing a day earlier.

organisers confirmed reports that athletes from and were thought to have gone missing, while they were also looking to verify the whereabouts of two players from

"We're obviously looking at it very carefully," Federation told reporters.

"We have a service to people who have legitimate visas to be in this country," he added.

"Until it becomes a true issue and somebody has outstayed their visa, or have formally applied for asylum, we just need to continue to monitor the situations.

"The focus now is to support teams in trying to track down the athletes who are missing." More than 100 athletes overstayed their visas at the 2000 Sydney visas for the expire on May 15, Grevemberg said.

Eight athletes from conflict-hit -- one third of the central African country's 24-strong team -- were said to be missing from the on Wednesday, sparking an manhunt.

As the search continues for Cameroon's five boxers and three weightlifters, Grevemberg insisted the welfare of the athletes came first.

"We obviously have been in close contact with officials," he said.

"We share their concern regarding obviously the safety, welfare, whereabouts of these athletes." Cameroon told he had reported the matter to police yesterday.

Australia's warned that athletes would be forcibly removed from the country if they attempted to overstay their visas.

"They aren't going to game the system," he told local radio. "officers will find these people (and) they'll be held in immigration detention until they can be deported.

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 11:10 IST