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Eight athletes from Cameroon abscond at Commonwealth Games in Australia

Eight athletes from Cameroon abscond at Commonwealth Games in Australia

"It's absolutely fantastic representing Australia".

There were also three weightlifters - Olivier Matam Matam, Petit Minkoumba and Arcangeline Fouodji Sonkbou.

Sunshine Coast's Taylah Robertson has had her dream of Commonwealth Games gold crushed after going down to England's Lisa Whiteside on a split decision.

The accreditation to major multi-sports Games acts as a short-term visa to the host country and more than 100 athletes overstayed after the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

"We would appreciate them sticking within the law, enjoying themselves, but sticking within the law".

Molombe expressed sadness following the disappearance of the eight athletes.

He said the missing athletes were part of a team Whatsapp group, but only one of them got in touch because she had left behind her credit card and money.

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Team Cameroon's chef de mission Victor Agbor Nso told Cameroon's CRTV the Cameroon team has filed an official complaint with Australian police.

A spokesman for the Australian Border Force said the federal government was working closely with the Games organising committee and global stakeholders to ensure officials and athletes were aware of their visa responsibilities. "There are mechanisms in place and they haven't breached their visas".

"Right now we are anxious about safety and welfare of the athletes and we are taking this very seriously and monitoring the situation with team Cameroon", Mr Grevemberg said. If there is a breach then Peter Dutton and his department will deal with it. "I thought I won the fight and I didn't come here for the bronze". The Cameroon team has reported her missing.

In 2012, seven athletes from Cameroon were reported missing from the London Olympic Games.

Cameroon said the group had valid Australian visas until 15 May.

In February Home Affairs minister Peter Dutton warned games visitors including athletes and officials, must abide by their visa conditions or else face outcome under Australian law.