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CWG 2018: Five More African Athletes Missing After Cameroon Athletes Fiasco

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| April 12 , 2018 , 15:30 IST

In a bizarre set of events, five more athletes appear to be missing from Commonwealth Games Village organisers said on Thursday, after eight competitors from Cameroon were suspected of fleeing a day earlier.

The Commonwealth Games organisers at Gold Coast confirm the reports that certain Rwandan and Ugandan athletes were assumed to have gone missing, as the search for two squash players from Sierra Leone is still on.

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We're obviously looking at it very carefully. We have a service to people who have legitimate visas to be in this country,” Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive David Grevemberg told reporters.

"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," he added.

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

"We share their concern regarding obviously the safety, welfare, whereabouts of these athletes." Cameroon team manager Victor Agbor Nso told local media he had reported the matter to police on Wednesday.