A judo athlete and three officials from the Congo have vanished in London joining the seven Cameroon athletes who have gone missing since the Games began.
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 after Sunday’s closing ceremony.
His judo coach Ibula Masengo, along with boxing trainer Blaise Bekwa and Guy Nkita, the country’s technical director of athletics have also scarpered. The athletes are permitted to stay in Britain until November when their visas expire so they have plenty of time to disappear to work illegally, claim asylum or find a EU passport carrying woman to marry making their stay in the UK permanent.
Officials are already looking for five boxers, a swimmer and a football player from Cameroon (pictured) who are missing too.
Two members of the Sudanese team and one Ethiopian are also reported to have sought asylum in the UK, one Sudanese is missing, and two other members of the Cameroon team – a swimmer and a female footballer – have also disappeared after suddenly vanishing from the Olympic Village.
Once the Olympic 2012 visas expire in November a clearer picture of how many foreign Olympic athletes are still here will become clearer.