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Cameroon

7 Olympic Athletes

VANISH

8/7/2012 10:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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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 Edingue Ekane.

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.

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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.

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Kevin    

Maybe they're going for the gold medal in hide & seek?

786 days ago
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AmyBee    

Good for them! Escape that apparent s-hole. Viva la freedom!

786 days ago
3.

parlayer    

went for the gold and got lead instead.

786 days ago
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queen love    

FREEDOM!!!

786 days ago
5.

Jac    

I'm happy for them. Everyone should be entitled to seek out a better life for themselves. These seem to be good, hardworking people with an extreme amount of dedication to their respective sport. I applaud them.

786 days ago
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Redskin_Chick    

I was waiting for some people from North Korea to do this.

786 days ago
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jeff    

England is slowly turning into the new Detroit. Deport them and let the government deal with their own. England shouldn't worry, I'm sure they plan on ending up here in the USA.

786 days ago
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Jody    

What is with the athletes at this Olympics this year? People disappearing, people losing matches so they won't have to face other opponents, athletes getting kicked out of the competition before it even starts.

What a year.

786 days ago
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Kelly    

good save by taking off the rude blog you put up about equestrian sports. At least this way you wont offend so many people.

786 days ago
10.

Gabby Mason    

KEVIN, very witty

786 days ago
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Gabby Mason    

BTW, why can't I vote? something is messed up here.

786 days ago
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Pudding Tang    

This will really promote tourism in Cameroon

786 days ago
13.

Phred F. Stone    

Cameroon? Isn't that right next to Macaroon?

786 days ago
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Kelly    

No surprise. Happens almost every Olympics.

786 days ago
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adelle    

Yeah..more common then ppl think. Bunch of Chinese went missing at the last Olympics is Vancouver and seeked asylum. I heard in some communist countries they hold ppl's families captive until they come home from the Olympics to prevent this sort of thing from happening.

786 days ago
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