Seven Cameroon athletes have disappeared while in Britain for the London Olympics, the Ministry of Sports and Physical Education said on Monday evening.
The seven athletes include five boxers, a swimmer and a soccer player. They are suspected of having left to stay in Europe for economic reasons, according to Reuters.
Mission head David Ojung said in a message sent to the ministry:
“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.”
Ojong said a reserve goalkeeper for the women’s soccer team, Drusille Ngako, was the first to disappear.
While her teammates left for Coventry for their last exhibition match against New Zealand, she vanished. A few days later, swimmer Paul Ekane Edingue and his personal belongings were also not found in his room.
Ojong added that five boxers eliminated from the games: Thomas Essomba, Christian Donfack Adjoufack, Abdon Mewoli, Blaise Yepmou Mendouo and Serge Ambomo, disappeared from the Olympic village on Sunday.
International Olympic Committee officials said on Tuesday they had heard nothing about the missing athletes.
Whether the move to disappear was the ‘right thing to do,’ trying to start a new life by ditching the Olympics is a story worth reading about. Someone could even turn it into a movie if they put their mind to it…