Cameroon officials on Wednesday said eight of their athletes at the Commonwealth Games are missing from the athletes' village, with two failing to turn up for competitions.
The Cameroon team reported to Queensland Police that five boxers and three weightlifters had gone missing from the Athletes' Village in three waves from Sunday to Wednesday.
"Australia is a very strong team and they are playing at home so it will not be easy".
As the large gathering set off homewards, after watching Australia winning two thrilling battles to take the men and women 4x100m medley relay races, the volunteers - some of them shaking their legs and others in amusing get-ups - bid them goodbye with a wide smile.
Six of the eight athletes in question are men, but two of the missing are women.
Last night, a further three athletes left their rooms, the statement said.
All athletes at the Commonwealth Games have visas to travel in Australia until May 15.
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"These athletes are guests here in Australia".
Dutton sought to remind athletes that there were "penalties for those who do the wrong thing".
"We would appreciate them sticking within the law, enjoying themselves, but sticking within the law", Beattie said. And if they are thinking of doing anything other, I would encourage them not to'. "We made sure that we were not making the same mistakes, and with the kind of attacking talent that we have in our team, we were always confident that we can defeat any team in the world".
"The Cameroon team officials have already notified the Australian police of the situation, as well as their state officials back in the country", team press attache Simon Molombe said. "They are still within their visas, they have the right to travel freely", Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive David Grevemberg said. "Right now we are anxious about safety and welfare of the athletes and we are taking this very seriously and monitoring the situation with team Cameroon". In 2012, five male boxers, a female footballer and a male swimmer absconded from the London Olympic village.
They were reported to be staying in Europe for economic reasons rather than returning home.
The national tally of 145 medals (including 57 gold, 43 silver and 45 bronze) is lightyears ahead of second placed England with 76 medals.
Two Ugandan rugby sevens players, Benon Kizza and Philip Pariyo, went missing after Glasgow 2014.