Friday, August 17, 2012

Congo Athletes & Coaches Missing After London Olympics 2012

Do these Congolese and Cameroonian athletes and coaches have the typical perception that "The grass is always greener on the other side"? Are they running away from their Olympic delegation team so that they can begin their new lives in the UK or other European countries? Without proper documentation for work permits, they don't entitle to apply for jobs legally.

Congo athlete and coaches go missing after Games

DAKAR | Mon Aug 13, 2012 3:52pm BST  Source: Reuters
DAKAR (Reuters) - A Congolese judo competitor and three other members of the central African country's Olympic delegation have gone missing in London since the weekend, local media reported on Monday, adding to a list of seven other African athletes who vanished during the Games.

Democratic Republic of Congo's Cedric Mandembo, who lost his only judo match in 49 seconds to Russian Alexander Mikhaylin in the 100 kg category, disappeared shortly after Sunday's closing ceremony and was not answering his mobile phone, U.N.-sponsored Radio Okapi reported, citing the Congolese Olympic Committee.

Congo judo coach Ibula Masengo, boxing trainer Blaise Bekwa, and national technical director of athletics Guy Nkita had also gone missing, according to the report, which said all four had left the Olympic village with their luggage.

No further details were immediately available in London and a government spokesman said the Home Office did not comment on individual cases.

Olympic officials are also looking for seven Cameroonian athletes who went missing during the Games. Cameroon officials asked for help tracking down five boxers, a swimmer and a soccer player, and said they were probably seeking to stay in Europe for economic reasons.

The London Olympic organising committee said it had notified British police about the missing Cameroonians, but added that the athletes would not be infringing immigration laws until their visas expired in November.

(Writing by Richard Valdmanis; Editing by Clare Fallon)


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