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.
Not going home: Cameroon‘s Blaise Mendouo, left, Christin Adjoufack, centre, and Paul Edingue, right
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.
- Missing: Seven athletes from Cameroon ‘absconded’ from Olympic village amid asylum fears (mirror.co.uk)
- Seven Cameroon Athletes Go ‘Missing’ (news.sky.com)
- London 2012 Olympics: Missing African Olympics athletes seek migrant status in the UK (standard.co.uk)
- No action yet over missing Cameroonian Olympic athletes (independent.co.uk)