Five Cameroon Athletes Go Missing During Commonwealth Games

By Ikenga Chronicles April 11, 2018

Five Cameroon Athletes Go Missing During Commonwealth Games

Five Cameroon athletes competing at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia have been declared missing, Independent Online reports.

They include weightlifter Olivier Matam, and boxers Ndzie Tchoyi and Simplice Fotsala, both of which were due to compete on Tuesday but could not be found, Cameroon team manager Victor Agbor Nso also confirmed.

He said two other weightlifters, Aka Angeline Filji and Mikoumba Petit David, had earlier gone missing from the Games at the Gold Coast, but did not specify when.

The Australian police and security services were immediately alerted about their disappearance as the search intensifies to track them down.

“We have officially informed our hierarchy back home: the Ministry of Sports and the president of the National Olympic Committee of Cameroon,” Nso told Cameroon state broadcaster CRTV.

“We have also laid a formal complaint to the Australian police.”

It is not the first time Cameroon athletes have disappeared at a major sporting event. In 2012, five male boxers, a female footballer and a male swimmer absconded from the London Olympic village.

Nine Cameroon athletes had disappeared at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games in Australia.