England Roses beat New Zealand at Commonwealth Games


Canadian boxer Marie-Jeanne Parent lost her semifinal Wednesday but will leave the Commonwealth Games with a bronze medal.

Eight Cameroon athletes have gone missing from the athlete's village on the Gold Coast.

The first two left the athletes village on Sunday night, followed by three more on Monday before the last two went missing on Tuesday night.

The young Mitharval, who has also a bronze in the 10m air pistol event two days ago, shot 201.1 to finish third in the eight-man finals at Belmont Shooting Centre.

They are weightlifters Olivier Matam Matam, Arcangeline Fouodji Sonkbou and Petit Minkoumba, and boxers Christian Ndzie Tsoye, Simplice Fotsala, Arsene Fokou, Ulrich Yombo and Christelle Ndiang.

Budd, due to her British roots, went on to run at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics under Team Britain after South Africa was banned from the Olympics movement for its racial segregation policies.

However, Commonwealth Games Federation CEO, David Grevemberg, says the situation is disappointing but maintained that the athletes free to travel within the country until the expiration of their visas next month.

"We wouldn't be surprised that they would be seeking Australian protection, given the situation in Cameroon where the minority English speaking Cameroonians are persecuted at the moment", said Robert Mukombozi, president of the Queensland African Communities Council.

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Mr Nso said team officials had notified the Australian police and state officials in Cameroon.

It is not the first time athletes have disappeared during major sporting events.

Cameroon officials told 7 News that most of the athletes disappeared in the middle of the night, some even leaving their belongings behind at the athlete's village.

Cameroon officials on Wednesday made a decision to fly 14 athletes, including the entire 12-man basketball team, home immediately after they had completed their competitions.

In years gone by, England have been forced to accept their place in the pecking order behind their Antipodean rivals, with Australia and New Zealand battling out every Commonwealth Games final since netball joined in 1986.

The Australian government has warned athletes against overstaying their visas.

The Cameroonian athletes are nowhere according to reports meanwhile; they have valid visas until May 15, allowing them to spend another month legally in Australia.

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