Seven Olympic Cameroon athletes have vanished from the Olympic village in London. The 2012 Olympic Games Cameroon athletes have gone missing and may be attempting to seek asylum in the UK.
Five boxers, a soccer player, and a swimmer from Cameroon have all vanished from the athlete’s village at the 2012 London Olympic Games. All of the Cameroon athletes are currently in possession of British visas allowing them to stay in the country until November.
According to David Ojong, head of mission for Team Cameroon, the first of the Olympic Cameroon athletes to vanish was women’s soccer player Drusille Ngako, a reserve goalkeeper. She was followed by swimmer Paul Edingue Ekane.
Five boxers from the Cameroon Olympic delegation dissappeared on Sunday — Christian Donfack Adjoufack, Adon Mewoli, Thomas Essomba, Blaise Yepmou Mendouo, and Serge Ambomo. All of the athletes had already been eliminated from the 2012 London Olympics.
Cameroon athletes have previously vanished from international sporting events, such as the Commonwealth games. The Republic of Cameroon is located in west Central Africa.
Britain’s Home Office has stated they have no comment on whether any of the Cameroon Olympic athletes had applied for asylum. The Cameroon athletes are not the first to abandon their countries during the 2012 London Olympics. Prior to the Opening Ceremony, the embassy of Sudan confirmed three athletes had vanished from the country’s delegation. One has already applied for asylum in the UK and the other two are planning to apply.