Now they have surfaced in Sydney, and according to the Daily Telegraph, are working with the Refugee Advice and Casework Service in Randwick.
In 2012, seven athletes (five male boxers, a female footballer and a male swimmer) from Cameroon were reported missing from the London Olympic Games.
A GROUP of athletes who disappeared during the Commonwealth Games are reportedly seeking legal advice in a bid to stay in Australia.
The 11 athletes and officials from three African nations have until midnight tonight to apply for protection visas or risk detention. But there were new reports Wednesday that the number of athletes could be closer to 20.More news: 'Shenmue III' delayed, Shen-moves to a 2019 release window
Ten athletes and a coach who went missing during the Commonwealth Games face deportation from Australia. Two weightlifters from Cameroon, Francois Etoundi and Simplice Ribouem, were both granted refugee status and competed for Australia in 2018.
"But if people have breached their visa conditions - like anyone else, they're expected to operate within the law, and enforcement action will take place to identify those people and to deport them if they don't self-declare".
Dale said it was "always advisable" to seek asylum before a person's visa - of any type - expired, rendering them an "unlawful non-citizen" subject to detention.
Cameroon's Chef de Mission Victor Agbor Nso confirmed last month eight of his country's athletes "just left in the night".More news: Two Sherpa guides scale Nepal's Mount Everest, setting new records
He said they were "taking the mickey".
"I think that's too far of a stretch".
Cameroon athletes have gone missing from worldwide sporting events before.
Athletes from Uganda and even officials from Rwanda had made the escape, leaving behind their teammates to return to their respective countries after the end of the games.More news: Tottenham prepared to reject all approaches for Chelsea target Pochettino
Several other athletes and officials overstayed or applied for asylum during the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006 and the 2000 Sydney Olympics.