Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

African athletes missing from Commonwealth Games

African athletes missing from Commonwealth Games

Team Nigeria has dismissed as baseless and disrespectful allegations that Australia's Border Police have made a decision to mount a close watch on its athletes at the ongoing Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast.

Cameroon chef de mission Victor Agbor Nso said they left in "three waves", with the first three leaving on April 8, two more leaving April 9 and last night three others.

A further three athletes were reported missing from the athlete's village on Thursday, in addition to the news on Wednesday that eight Cameroonian athletes have disappeared over the course of the Games.

So too was evidence from the Australia Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) principal investigator, who discovered a syringe in the bag of Babu, which the athlete "admitted to be his property", the CGF said.

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India intend to appeal on behalf of one of the two athletes sent home from the Commonwealth Games for violating the "no-needles" policy.

"I think it's disappointing that athletes that have come didn't compete as they were scheduled to compete", he said.

It's not the first time Australia has dealt with cases of missing worldwide athletes, mostly from African nations, suspected of fleeing in a bid to seek asylum.

"They have taken action against two athletes, which we do not agree with at all. and we will appeal against the decision", they said. Games organising committee chairman Peter Beattie said as things stood, none of the athletes had breached Australian law.

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"Until it becomes a real issue in terms of visas and so forth we would obviously need to take that very seriously but right now it's a safety and welfare issue for those athletes from a Team Cameroon perspective".

Gold Coast 2018 is the second consecutive Commonwealth Games where India has fallen foul of the CGF's no-needle rules.

Her teammates haven't had it easy; they have had to organise their own accommodation, babysitting, meals and physiotherapy, after being told Pata couldn't stay with her baby at the athletes' village.

"Frankly, the bottom line is it happens regularly within Australia, there is a mechanism in place to deal with it and I don't get too excited by this", he told reporters Wednesday.

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The Cameroon team at the opening ceremony.

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