7 Cameroon Olympians Go AWOL

Suspected of seeking economic refuge in Europe
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2012 9:16 AM CDT
7 Cameroon Olympians Go AWOL
In this Tuesday July 31, 2012 photo, Olympic athletes mingle outside the Athletes' dining hall at the Athletes' Village in London.   (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Seven Olympians from Cameroon, having been eliminated in their respective sports, have gone missing from the Olympic Village, and they're said to have "absconded" to take economic refuge in Europe. The first to go MIA was reserve soccer goalie Drusille Ngako, who wasn't selected for the final squad. Next, swimmer Paul Ekane Edingue went missing from his room. And this weekend, five boxers vanished, Reuters reports. "What began as rumor has finally turned out to be true," said a team official. Cameroonian athletes have gone missing from previous international competitions, including the Commonwealth Games. (More Cameroon stories.)

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