09 August 2012 #Employment
Britain introduced immigration rules for the Olympics that allow competitors, their coaches and families to stay in the UK until early November.
While the disappearance of seven Cameroonian athletes has therefore not broken any British immigration rules, their disappearance has received widespread attention in Cameroon with people commenting that the news is embarrassing to the country.
The five boxers, a swimmer and a footballer who were reported missing earlier this week from the Olympic village are feared to have fled the Games to claim asylum.
The Cameroon mission head has commented that conditions are difficult in Cameroon but voiced his concerns:
“...my fear is that now Cameroonians will have a bad reputation and in future we will not be able to get visas. It`s good for them but a serious problem for the rest of us."
It is not the first time Cameroonian athletes have disappeared during international sports competitions with previous disappearances at Commonwealth games.