How eight Cameroon athletes managed to vanish from Commonwealth Games village

Friana Kwevira from Vanuatu won bronze in the para-athletics womens F46 javelin

Friana Kwevira from Vanuatu won bronze in the para-athletics womens F46 javelin

A further five athletes have gone missing from the Commonwealth Games athletes village on the Gold Coast, after the disappearance of eight athletes from Cameroon earlier this week.

Officials said the athletes left in "three waves".

Games officials say the athletes have not yet officially breached their visas, which do not expire until May 15.

"These athletes are guests here in Australia at this time".

Another boxer Juma Miiro is already assured of a medal after qualifying for the semifinals in the 46-49kg weight category.

Cameroon Chef de Mission Victor Agbor Nso has confirmed a third of the country's athletes competing at the Commonwealth Games here have gone missing.

"Australia must also be congratulated for their hugely successful event and they can be proud of the organisation and facilities they have delivered".

"But out here, only six of them effectively took part in their respective competitions, while two left without competing".

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

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.

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"It's obviously disappointing that I think some of the athletes that have come didn't compete as they were scheduled to compete", he added.

"We have no idea which direction they headed in", Mr Molombe said.

Two Ugandan rugby sevens players, Benon Kizza and Philip Pariyo, went missing after Glasgow 2014.

"We're obviously looking at it very carefully", Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive David Grevemberg told reporters.

"The authorities are very disappointed with the deserters - some did not even compete".

Prominent barrister Julian Burnside said the athletes' visas could in theory include terms that they have to be present at the Games Village every day.

In 2012, five boxers, a swimmer and a footballer from the African nation vanished during the London Olympic Games.

The Cameroonian athletes on the Gold Coast also have the right to apply for asylum.

They were reported to be staying in Europe for economic reasons rather than returning home.

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