Published: Sun, April 15, 2018

Commonwealth Games: Athletes sent home for alleged drug use

Commonwealth Games: Athletes sent home for alleged drug use

"According to the rules no athlete is supposed to go out without an official to accompany them", said Ogwel.

One member of Rwanda's delegation at the on-going Commonwealth Games now underway in Australia has gone missing. The first round of missing athletes were discovered on Sunday when three of the team "departed the village".

Eight Cameroonians - five boxers and three weightlifters - disappeared from the athletes village earlier in the week.

The Cameroon team's press agent Simon Molombe told the players "just left in the night" and there were no leads on the missing athletes on Thursday morning.

Kom, who returned to the sport after having her third child, named Prince, in July 2013, said: "It is very hard to come back but I have not had any injuries and my will-power and mental strength is strong".

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

Cameroon team manager Victor Agbor Nso told local media he had reported the matter to police on Wednesday.

The athletes denied all knowledge of the needles, said the CGF in dismissing their evidence.

There is a track record for athletes and officials disappearing in Australia during global sporting competitions, with 25 delegates going missing at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and 80 athletes and officials outstaying their visas at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

"We obviously have been in close contact with Cameroon officials", he said.

The reason for their disappearance is not known, amid some reports that they wanted to stay in Australia for economic reasons.

"I think it is also important to remember that these athletes are guests here in Australia and are still within their visas and have the right to travel freely".

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.

Australia's Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton warned that athletes would be forcibly removed from the country if they attempted to overstay their visas.

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