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Could missing Games athletes be heading to this Queensland town?

There are speculations the African athletes gone missing from the Commonwealth Games athlete’s village might have returned to the southeast Queensland town of Warwick, where they spent 10 days training before the opening ceremony.

Locals said the athletes appeared to love their time in the town.

“They trained very hard. Their ethic was very strong,” Warwick Mayor Tracy Dobie said.

And Cr Dobie gave a clue as to the town’s response if the athletes surfaced there.

“I think they’d be given a cup of tea and certainly authorities would be called,” she said.

Eleven athletes remain missing from the Commonwealth Games village.

Eight athletes from Cameroon went missing earlier this week and a further two athletes from Uganda, and a coach from Rwanda are considered missing.

The athletes have not committed any crime as they are free to move about the country until their temporary activity visa expires in early May.

Two squash athletes from Sierra Leone, James Fayia and Yusif Mansaray, who failed to show for their match against India on Wednesday are no longer considered missing.

The Rwandan coach has been named by local news website KT Press as Jean Paul Nsiengiyumva, the coach of para-powerlifter Vedaste Niyonzima.

Cameroon officials are still working with the Australian Border Force to locate their missing athletes.

Cameroon chef de mission Victor Agbor Nso said they left in “three waves”, with the first three leaving on April 8, two more leaving April 9 and last night three others.

Five of the missing athletes are boxers, while three are weightlifters. Six of the athletes had already competed but two had not.

Commonwealth Games Federation CEO David Grevemberg yesterday said the federation shared with the Cameroon Commonwealth Games Association “concern” regarding the welfare and safety of their athletes.

Mr Grevemberg also said a number of Cameroonian athletes who had been sent home had finished competing, and those still in the village would remain in the country until after the Closing Ceremony.

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