Seven Cameroon athletes go missing from village

Aug 08, 2012, 10:27 IST | AFP

Seven athletes from Cameroon have "disappeared" in London where some were participating in the 2012 Olympics, sources told AFP yesterday. The disappearance of the seven athletes was reported on Monday on the website of the state daily Cameroon Tribune

According to the head of Cameroon’s Olympics delegation, David Ojong, “28 (delegation members) returned to Cameroon, 24 are still in the (Olympic) village and seven have defected,” the newspaper reported him telling the country’s sports minister on Sunday. On Tuesday the sports ministry declined to comment on the information.

The missing athletes are five boxers, one swimmer and one woman football (soccer) player, the Cameroon Tribune said.

Meanwhile a representative of the Cameroon Football Federation said the first athlete to disappear on July 2 was "a woman football player who was at the Olympic village but was not one of the 18 players chosen to take part in the Olympic Games."

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