Cameroon Olympians want to box in UK after ‘threats’. BBC News Africa, 13 August 2012

Blaise Yepmou Mendouo, Cameroonian boxer: “We left the Olympic village because we were threatened”

Cameroonian boxers who deserted their Olympic squad have told the BBC they want to stay in the UK to develop their careers.

The five boxers, who met the BBC at a secret location in London, went missing more than a week ago.

Cameroonian authorities said they suspected the boxers wanted to be economic migrants.

The boxers said they had absconded after they were threatened by senior members of the Cameroonian delegation.

Last week, swimmer Paul Ekane Edingue and female footballer Drusille Ngako also went missing from the Olympic village.

Thomas Essomba  (31 July 2012)

We cannot return to Cameroon… if we return, we will not practise anymore”

                        Thomas Essomba Cameroonian boxer

 

The boxers – Thomas Essomba, Christian Donfack Adjoufack, Abdon Mewoli, Blaise Yepmou Mendouo and Serge Ambomo – said that there was no support for athletes in Cameroon.

In the BBC interview, Essomba said the boxers were looking for a sponsor to take them on and to help them obtain long-term residency.

“We are not staying here because we don’t like our country, but [because we] want to practise the sports we love,” he said.

“We want to become professional. We cannot return to Cameroon… if we return, we will not practise anymore.”

Mendouo said Cameroonian officials had treated them badly during the Olympics – and there had been differences over their promised bonuses, which had been halved.

“Cameroonian authorities threatened us – those who brought us to these Games,” he said.

“When a colleague was defeated, he was asked to give his passport.”

The head of the Cameroon delegation to the Olympics, David Ojong, said the boxers were lying.

They had never been threatened and were making up the allegation to justify their desertion, he said.

The boxers have a visa to stay in the UK until November.

One thought on “Cameroon Olympians want to box in UK after ‘threats’. BBC News Africa, 13 August 2012

  1. Lousy Lairs!!!

    These 7 criminals have brought the image of our beloved nation to question. If anyone wants to practice the profession they love or advance any career or educational goals, there are legitimate channels. There are millions of Cameroonians all over world who left the country legitimately.

    Going to the Olympic Games is not a personal thing. They let the entire nation down by absconding.

    I strongly hold that these 7 individuals should be arrested and handed over to the Cameroonian authorities who should ensure that the heavy hand of the law falls upon them. After facing the law, they can then travel to where ever they think is good for them.

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