Five athletes reported missing at Commonwealth Games

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Five Cameroonian athletes have gone missing from their accommodation at the Commonwealth Games in Australia.

A further nine disappeared while competing at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne back in 2006.

Weightlifter Olivier Matam and boxers Ndzie Tchoyi and Simplice Fotsala have not been located since they failed to compete on Tuesday, and two other athletes have also disappeared.

The athletes' visas are yet to expire, with authorities aware of the incident but not now pursuing a missing person's case.

Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) chief executive David Grevemberg admitted they were aware a Rwandan, two Ugandans and, potentially, one Ghanaian are missing in action.

"All of our athletes have worked extremely hard to represent our country in their chosen sport at this year's Commonwealth Games and we are very proud of them", Ms Kaye says.

Team SA flew 36 players in total (plus eight officials) to Australia for hockey alone.

A spokesman for the Australian Border Force said the federal government was working closely with the Games organising committee and worldwide stakeholders to ensure officials and athletes were aware of their visa responsibilities. Following the 2012 London Olympics, at least 21 athletes were reported missing, including seven from Cameroon, and four from the DRC, as well as nationals of Guinea, Côte d'Ivoire, Sudan and Ethiopia.

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"We are having a meeting later in the day to understand the whole matter because the weightlifting official told us the two athletes had "gone visiting".

It's the second time India has been investigated here for breaching the Commonwealth Games "no-needles' policy after a doctor with the boxing team was reprimanded last week".

"We would appreciate them sticking within the law - enjoying themselves but sticking within the law", Mr Beattie said.

Cameroon press attache Simon Molombe said the number of missing athletes had since risen to eight, of 24 in the team.

It's obviously disappointing that I think some of the athletes that have come didn't compete as they were scheduled to compete.

A statement said testimony from an Australia Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) investigator was "credible", and cast doubt on comments from the two athletes.

Gold Coast organising committee chairman Peter Beattie said he wasn't surprised and it was something that happened at other games.