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Eight athletes from Cameroon go missing from the Commonwealth Games with one of them missing out on a medal after failing to show up for his event

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Cameroon says eight of their Commonwealth Games team are missing, with one boxer's failure to appear at an event gifting his Canadian rival a medal.

Chef de mission Victor Agbo Nso confirmed on Wednesday that eight of the athletes the nation brought to the Gold Coast were unaccounted for.

The first three left on Sunday night, with two others declared missing on Monday and a further three leaving the village on Tuesday night.

Five are boxers and three weightlifters.

Mr Nso said the situation was disappointing for the African nation.

'These athletes ... were part of a team that had a training camp in Warwick before getting to (the) Gold Coast,' he said in a statement.

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

Cameroon's Ulrich Rodrigue Yombo failed to appear at the weigh-in on Wednesday ahead of his quarter-final bout in the 81kg division against Canada's Harley O'Reilly.

Yombo's disappearance means O'Reilly advances to the semi-final and will at least receive a bronze medal.

The other missing athletes are boxers Christian Ndzie Tchoyi, Simplice Fotsala, Christelle Ndiang and Arsene Fokou and weightlifters Oliver Heracles Matam Matam, Petit David Minkoumba and Arcangeline Sonkbou Fouodji.

Mr Nso said team officials had notified Australian police.

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

In 2012, five male boxers, a female footballer and a male swimmer absconded from the London Olympic village.

Games organising committee chairman Peter Beattie said as things stood, none of the athletes had breached Australian law.

'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.

Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive David Grevemberg said his organisation was monitoring the situation but until the missing Cameroonians broke Australian law it was a matter for them and their team officials.

'It's obviously disappointing that some of the athletes that have come, didn't compete,' Grevemberg said.

'Until it becomes a real issue in terms of visas and so forth we would obviously need to take that very seriously but right now it's a safety and welfare issue for those athletes from a Team Cameroon perspective.'

The nation's other two weightlifters and men's basketball team had left Australia and were en route to Cameroon, team officials said.

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