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Five boxers and three weightlifters from Cameroon have gone missing from the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games athlete's village since Sunday.

Patrick Ogwel, the team manager and assistant secretary at the National Council of Sports told Xinhua that two weightlifters did not return to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games village on Wednesday.

Officials said the athletes left in "three waves".

Commonwealth Games organisers called for competitors to respect the law, mindful of the fact that more than 100 athletes overstayed their visas at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

The initial report said three athletes had gone missing namely: Olivier Matam (Weight lifter) and two boxers; Ndzie Tchoyi and Simplice Fotsala.

"If you overstay, the authorities will catch up with you and you will be detained and then deported", said the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

"When an athlete comes to Australia to compete in a competition, we expect them to front-up on the field and compete, so we are disappointed about that", Jones said.

"No, no, no. They are here", he said.

Cameroon chef de mission Victor Agbor Nso said the eight athletes who had left the village did so at three different stages.

"The safety and welfare of those athletes from the Team Cameroon perspective is being taken very, very seriously, but we are obviously monitoring that situation with Team Cameroon", Mr Grevemberg added.

"This happens at every games, it's no surprise. if there is a breach (of visa) Peter Dutton and his team will deal with it", Beattie said.

Two Ugandans and potentially one Ghanaian are also missing in action.

Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive David Grevemberg said it was disappointing the athletes didn't show up they were scheduled to compete.

"It's also important to state that they are still free to travel in Australia under the terms of their visas", he said.

It is not the first time Cameroonian athletes have disappeared at a major sporting event.

"Like other visitors to Australia, Commonwealth Games visitors who hold a valid visa, are free to enjoy their stay in Australia".

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