Organisers of the Commonwealth Games have confirmed that five more African athletes have gone missing on Thursday, following the disappearance of eight competitors from Cameron who were suspected of fleeing the day before.
According to AFP, athletes from Rwanda and Uganda were thought to have gone missing, while the whereabouts of two squash players from Sierra Leone were till unknown.
Commonwealth Games Federation Chief Executive, David Grevemberg said that it is their duty to service those with legitimate visas to be in the country.
“Until it becomes a true issue, and somebody has outstayed their visa, or have formally applied for asylum, we just need to continue to monitor the situations.” he said.
He also revealed the focus now is to support teams in trying to track down the athletes who are missing.
Grevemberg has also stated that more than 100 athletes have overstayed their visas at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Athlete visas for the Commonwealth Games this year will expire on 15 May 2018.
As the search continues for Cameroon’s five boxers and three weightlifters, Grevemberg insisted the welfare of the athletes are also top priority.
“We obviously have been in close contact with Cameroon officials. We share their concern regarding obviously the safety, welfare, whereabouts of these athletes.”
Cameroon team manager, Victor Agbor Nso said the matter has been reported to the police.