Seven Olympic athletes from Cameroon have mysteriously disappeared from the athletes” village in London … in what appears to be an effort to abandon their home country and seek asylum in the UK.
The head of mission for Team Cameroon said the athletes in question — 5 boxers, a swimmer, and a soccer player — all have visas that will allow them to remain in Britain “til at least November.
The soccer player — a reserve goalkeeper for the women”s soccer team named Drusille Ngako — was the first to disappear, followed by swimmer Paul Ekane Edingue.
The five boxers — Thomas Essomba, Christian Donfack Adjoufack, Abdon Mewoli, Blaise Yepmou Mendouo and Serge Ambomo — disappeared on Sunday. They had all already been eliminated from the games.
It”s not the first time Cameroon athletes have disappeared during international sports competitions — several quit their delegation without consent at the recent Francophonie and Commonwealth games.
Britain”s Home Office — the department responsible for immigration — wouldn”t comment on whether any of the seven had applied for asylum.