An athlete from Sierra Leone has gone missing from the Commonwealth Games, amid growing fears about the spreading of the deadly Ebola plague in his home country, it was reported.

Cyclist Mohamed Tholley, aged 25, is believed to have gone absent without leave in Glasgow.

Thes mountain biking champion disappearance from the Sierra Leone team was announced by an official.

Unisa Deen Kargbo said: "Unfortunately one of our athletes has not turned up for his event and we do not know where he is. It is possible he is not coming back.

"The situation is very serious at home, and it is possible this is why he does not want to return. It is very bad there.

"We are all very concerned about what is going on, but the rest of us are determined to go home. The only problem is that it is becoming difficult to find flights."

Tholley has gone missing a week after his teammate fell ill on the first day of the Commonwealth Games. Moses Sesay was tested for a raft of diseases, including Ebola for which the result was negative.

Following the test, a relieved Commonwealth Games official said there "no Ebola" in Glasgow.

But there is confusion with organisers claiming there had been no report of somebody going missing.

Games' spokeswoman Jackie Brock-Doyle said: "If someone didn't turn up and they had gone missing, they would have reported it to us.

"If athletes have gone missing and their chef de missions are concerned they will talk to us and let us know."