Olympic athletes claim asylum in UK.

Four members of Congo’s Olympic team were said to have gone missing in London yesterday as thousands of their fellow London 2012 athletes and officials flew home.

Their disappearance took the number of African athletes and delegates attending London 2012 who have vanished from their camps or sought political asylum in Britain to 15.

Immigration officials expect that number to increase sharply when athletes’ special London 2012 visas expire in November.

Blaise Mendouo
Christin Adjoufack
Paul Edingue

Not going home: Cameroon‘s Blaise Mendouo, left,  Christin Adjoufack, centre, and Paul Edingue, right

Serge Ambomo
Drusille Ngako
Abdon Mewoll

Still in Britain: Cameroon’s Serge Ambomo, left, Drusille Ngako, centre and Abdon Mewoll, right

Details of the apparent Congo defections came as it emerged that at least five members of the Cameroon team have pleaded to be allowed to stay in Britain rather than returning with teammates yesterday.

The Home Office refused to say whether the five, all boxers, were seeking asylum.

Two members of the Sudanese team and one Ethiopian are 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.

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