Olympics: DRC judoka, coaches missing

2012-08-14 07:54

Kinshasa - A judoka and three coaches from the Democratic Republic of Congo's Olympic delegation have gone missing after leaving the Athlete's Village at the London Games, the country's sports ministry said on Monday.

Cedric Mandembo, who competed in the +100kg category, boxing coach Blaise Bekwa, athletics coach Guy Nkita and judo coach Ibula Masengo have not been seen since the Games came to a close on Sunday evening, the source said, requesting anonymity.

The country's 12-strong delegation to the Games is due back in Kinshasa on Thursday.

An informed source in the capital said national boxing coach Bekwa disappeared from the Athletes Village on Friday while Nkita, national athletics technical director, had left the area just after Ilunga Mande pulled out of the men's marathon.

Masengo was reported to have disappeared on Saturday night while Mandembo was said to have disappeared just after the closing ceremony on Sunday evening.

  • bibi.vanzyl - 2012-08-14 08:17

    No surprises here. They will seek asylum or claim refugee status. It happens every time with big sporting events in 1st world countries.

  • paul.cleverley.14 - 2012-08-14 08:50

    Not surprising, same thing happened after comonwealth games in Manchester.

  • eva.walle.75 - 2012-08-14 09:03

    I hope they find them and send them home.

      Jude Machie - 2012-08-14 09:39

      y d u want dem back ?

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