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Cameroon athletes go missing from Commonwealth Games

AFP  |  Gold Coast 

Five athletes from conflict-hit have gone missing from in Australia, team officials said Wednesday. Three weightlifters and two boxers have not been seen since Tuesday, triggering suspicion they had fled with no intention of returning home. The matter has been reported to

press attache told AFP that he was shocked to learn weightlifters Olivier Matam Matam, and Petit Minkoumba, along with boxers and Simplice Fotsala, had apparently fled.

"It came as a complete surprise," he said. "We have no idea where they are. There were no worries this kind of thing might happen.

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

"We are cooperating with the police. We are praying this doesn't happen again and doing everything we can to make sure it doesn't." organisers called for competitors to respect the law, mindful of the fact that more than 100 athletes overstayed their visas at the 2000 Sydney

"We would appreciate them sticking within the law, enjoying themselves, but sticking within the law," organising committee boss told reporters.

"That includes and any other athletes. And if they are thinking of doing anything other, I would encourage them not to." Before the Games opened on April 4, Australia's warned that athletes would be closely monitored to ensure they did not overstay their visas and that they returned home after competition ended.

Cameroon, in central Africa, is suffering from civil unrest after a military crackdown on English-speaking separatists.

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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 14:20 IST