Congolese judo competitor and three other members of the central
African country’s Olympic delegation have gone missing in London since
the weekend, local media reported on Monday, adding to a list of seven
other African athletes who vanished during the Games.
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 shortly after Sunday’s closing ceremony and was
not answering his mobile phone, U.N.-sponsored Radio Okapi reported,
citing the Congolese Olympic Committee.
Congo judo coach Ibula Masengo, boxing trainer Blaise Bekwa, and
national technical director of athletics Guy Nkita had also gone
missing, according to the report, which said all four had left the
Olympic village with their luggage.
It would be recalled that Olympic officials are also looking for seven Cameroonian athletes who
went missing during the Games.
tracking down five boxers, a swimmer and a soccer player, and
were probably seeking to stay in Europe for economic reasons.
The London Olympic organising committee said it had notified British
police about the missing Cameroonians, but added that the athletes would
not be infringing immigration laws until their visas expired in