A total of eight athletes from conflict-hit Cameroon are now missing from the Commonwealth Games in Australia, team officials said Wednesday.
A sixth Cameroon athlete, Ulrich Rodrigue Yombo, was on Wednesday confirmed missing after he failed to appear at the weigh-in on Wednesday ahead of the quarter-final bout in the 81kg division.
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.
Five more African athletes may have vanished from the Commonwealth Games, organisers said Thursday, after eight competitors from Cameroon were suspected of fleeing a day earlier.
Athlete visas for the Commonwealth Games expire on May 15, Grevemberg said.
The Cameroon team reported to Queensland Police that five boxers and three weightlifters had gone missing from the Athletes' Village in three waves from Sunday to Wednesday.
It is not the first time Cameroonian athletes have gone missing while competing in the West.
"These people and others who may have a similar objective need to get this message very clearly".
"It's about taking those cheats out before they arrive at the Games", Mr Sharpe said.
Grevemberg said it was disappointing the athletes didn't show up when they were scheduled to compete.
Cameroon press attache Simon Molombe told AFP that he was shocked to learn weightlifters Olivier Matam Matam, Arcangeline Fouodji and Petit Minkoumba, along with boxers Christian Ndzie Tsoye and Simplice Fotsala, had disappeared without warning.
"That's the worse start to an event, she's crying on the track because she knows her campaign is completely over", Manou said.
Gold Coast organising committee chairman Peter Beattie said he wasn't surprised and it was something that happened at other games.
She also made it to the semi-finals recording one of the four best fastest times not to qualify automatically from the Heats.