Seven athletes from the central African country Cameroon have disappeared while in Britain for the London Olympics. Five boxers, a swimmer and a soccer player are suspected of absconding to stay in Europe for economic reasons, reports Reuters.
"What began as rumor has finally turned out to be true. Seven Cameroonian athletes who participated at the 2012 London Olympic Games have disappeared from the Olympic Village," David Ojong, the mission head said in a message sent to the ministry, according to Reuters.
First to disappear, Ojong says, was reserve goalkeeper for the women's soccer team, Drusille Ngako. After failing to make the 18 finally retained after pre-Olympic training in Scotland, she vanished as her team-mates left for Coventry for a tune up game against New Zealand.
A few days later, swimmer Paul Ekane Edingue followed; his personal belongings were not found in his room; and on Sunday, five boxers eliminated from the games disappeared from the Olympic village.
"We are unaware of it," IOC spokesman Mark Adams was quoted saying on Tuesday when asked whether organizers had heard of the missing athletes.
Cameroon may not be the only country battling the issue of missing athletes.
In June, an Ethiopian torchbearer, Natnael Yemane, 15, also disappeared. He went missing from a hotel in Nottingham, the BBC reports.