14:58, 7 August 2012
15:05, 7 August 2012
Seven Cameroon athletes who have disappeared whilst in Britain may be intending to claim asylum, according to an official from the country.
Mission head, David Ojong, said that the seven sportsmen, including five boxers, are suspected of having left to stay in Europe for economic reasons.
‘What began as rumour has finally turned out to be true. Seven Cameroonian athletes who participated at the 2012 London Olympic Games have disappeared from the Olympic Village,’ Mr Ojong, said in a message sent to Cameroon’s Ministry of Sports and Physical Education.
The seven – who are members of Cameroon’s Olympic team – pictured during the opening ceremony, may be intending to claim asylum in Britain after going missing
The five boxers all disappeared after being eliminated from the games.
Thomas Essomba, Christian Donfack Adjoufack, Abdon Mewoli, Blaise Yepmou Mendouo and Serge Ambomo, went missing on Sunday from the Olympic village.
Two other athletes – a swimmer and a football player – may also be intending to claim asylum.
Reserve women’s goalkeeper, Drusille Ngako, who was not one of the 18 included in the final squad for the Olympics, went missing shortly before Cameroon’s last friendly match.
Whilst her team-mates left for Coventry for their game against New Zealand, she vanished.
A few days later, swimmer Paul Ekane Edingue and his personal belongings were also not found in his room.
Five boxers in the Cameroonian Olympic team went missing on Sunday from the athletes’ village, pictured
International Olympic Committee officials said they had not been notified about the missing athletes.
‘We are unaware of it,’ IOC spokesman Mark Adams said when asked whether organisers had heard of it.
The disappearances are not the first time Cameroonian athletes have gone missing during international sports competitions.
At past Francophonie and Commonwealth games events, as well as at junior soccer competitions, several Cameroonians have quit their delegation without official consent.
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NO!!! who would have thought it Oh yeah we all did , and its Great Britain DM not Europe ,certainly they wouldn´t want to come here because Spain isn´t the easy touch that Britain is
Like we knew this wasn’t going to happen! Find ‘em, send ‘em back!
Not “Europe”, but UK. Where else could seven Olympic athletes claim generous incapacity benefit payments?
Well as they speak French in Cameroon and as France has got an even more generous system (far more generous unfortunately) I suspect that’s where they’ll be heading!
As a person who went through rigoures examinations and then waited over 14 years to be legally accepted into the UK I am furious, people illegally entering the country ruin it for everyone, I understand that people only want a better life but there is a system in place that I and hundreds like me have used, and it’s there to ensure that you will benefit your adopted country and not burden it. I have worked and paid taxes for over 20 years and have never claimed benefits but because of such people, everyone assumes that we are all alike. As cruel as this is I hope they are deported.
Surprise, surptise. I trust the Border Agency find them and throw them out – but I am not holding my breath
Disappeared “for economic reasons.” This translates to they ” wish to live off the British taxpayer.”
of course a thinking country (one with a Government with their peoples best interests at heart) would have demanded a bond from these micky mouse countries…. a few more, pissing in the ocean
You would have thought that as these African countries have got a reputation for doing this sort of thing they might have kept an eye on them, They probably wont find them either as theyve no doubt planned this have been hidden away by some other illegal immigrants from their country who are staying here, Theyve more than likely already got a new ID a National insurance number by now as well.
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