Five Cameroon athletes disappear at Commonwealth Games

Written by on April 11, 2018

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

Weightlifter Olivier Matam, and boxers Ndzie Tchoyi and Simplice Fotsala had been due to compete on Tuesday but could not be found, Cameroon team manager Victor Agbor Nso said.

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 disappeared at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games in Australia.

Meanwhile, Clémentine Noumbissi has brought a gleam of hope to Cameroon at the Games after the 27-year-old athlete won bronze in the women’s 90kgs weightlifting.

With a performance of 101kg in the snatch, 125kgs in the clean and jerk and a total of 226kgs she hit the podium. Fiji Island’s Eileen Cikamatana and Australia’s Kaity Fassina came first and second respectively.

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