Team officials have confirmed eight Cameroonian athletes have gone missing from their accommodation at the Commonwealth Games in Australia.
Press attache Simon Molombe told the BBC officials viewed it as “desertion” and that the missing athletes had been reported to Australian police.
The three weightlifters and five boxers were last seen at different times on Monday and yesterday.
Cameroon said the group had valid Australian visas until 15 May.
Molombe said “The authorities are very disappointed with the deserters – some did not even compete. The pious hope is that they come back to the village and travel home with the others.”
The Australian government has warned athletes against overstaying their visas.
The Commonwealth Games Federation said it would monitor the situation but athletes had “the right to travel freely” on their visas.
The Australian Federal Police has been notified of the development.
In 2012, seven Cameroonian athletes disappeared while in London for the Olympics.