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Australia's Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton warned that athletes would be forcibly removed from the country if they attempted to overstay their visas.

Games officials said race walker Irfan Kolothum Thodi and triple jumper Rakesh Babu were found to have a syringe in their room in the athletes' village on the Gold Coast.

"They left our region as a team to go and compete in the Commonwealth Games".

The missing athletes are weightlifters Olivier Matam Matam, Arcangeline Fouodji Sonkbou and Petit Minkoumba, and boxers Christian Ndzie Tsoye, Simplice Fotsala, Arsene Fokou, Ulrich Yombo and Christelle Ndiang.

Disappearance of African athletes at overseas competitions is something that has often happened.

Eight Cameroonians - five boxers and three weightlifters - disappeared from the athletes village earlier in the week.

A spokesman for the Australian Border Force said the federal government was working closely with the Games organising committee and worldwide stakeholders to ensure officials and athletes were aware of their visa responsibilities.

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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"Why did they take action on both athletes?"

Cameroon press attache Simon Molombe told Fairfax Media the athletes' whereabouts were unknown.

All athletes at the Commonwealth Games have visas to travel in Australia until May 15.

The athletes' visas are yet to expire, with authorities aware of the incident but not now pursuing a missing person's case. Following the 2012 London Olympics, at least 21 athletes were reported missing, including seven from Cameroon, and four from the DRC, as well as nationals of Guinea, Côte d'Ivoire, Sudan and Ethiopia.

"New Zealand has over 250 athletes competing in the Games including 13 para athletes competing in 3 para sports and I am excited for the opportunity to see the games and support our athletes".

The Commonwealth Games Federation has stated the athletes would be monitored, however they have the right to travel freely.

Grevemberg said it was disappointing the athletes didn't show up when they were scheduled to compete.

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