Seven Cameroon Athletes Vanish From Olympic Village

Cameroon's flagbearer Annabel Laure Ali (C) leads her delegation during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. By Gabriel Bouys (AFP)

Cameroon’s flagbearer Annabel Laure Ali (C) leads her delegation during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. By Gabriel Bouys (AFP)

Seven Cameroon athletes have absconded while in Britain for the London Olympics, officials say.

The seven – five boxers, a swimmer and a footballer – are suspected of having left to stay in Europe for economic reasons.

David Ojong, head of Ministry of Sports and Physical Education said:

“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.”

“Seven Cameroonian athletes who participated at the 2012 London Olympic Games have disappeared from the Olympic Village.”

According to Ojong, a reserve goalkeeper for the women’s soccer team, Drusille Ngako, was the first to disappear. She was not one of the 18 finally retained after pre-Olympic training in Scotland.

She was not chosen as a finalist to participate in the games and it is not known why she went with the national women’s football team to London.

While her team-mates left for Coventry for their last preparatory encounter against New Zealand, she vanished. A few days later, swimmer Paul Ekane Edingue and his personal belongings were also not found in his room.

In June, an Ethiopian torchbearer, Natnael Yemane, 15, also disappeared.

He went missing from a hotel in Nottingham.

Ojong added that five boxers eliminated from the games, Thomas Essomba, Christian Donfack Adjoufack, Abdon Mewoli, Blaise Yepmou Mendouo and Serge Ambomo, disappeared on Sunday from the Olympic village.

International Olympic Committee officials said on Tuesday they had heard nothing about the missing athletes.

“We are unaware of it,” IOC spokesman Mark Adams said when asked whether organisers had heard of it.

Since the beginning of the 2012 Games in London, Cameroon has not won any medals.

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