Cameroonian handball players “disappear” – RT Sport News

Spanish police are investigating the disappearance of four members of Cameroon’s women’s handball team, who allegedly went missing during an ongoing tournament.

Their sport’s world championships kicked off on December 1 in Valencia and will run until Sunday next week.

The Cameroonians were drawn into Group B with the Russian Handball Federation, Serbia and Poland, and lost all three games against their opponent.

However, preparing to return to their homeland, four members of the team reportedly ran away from their hotel.

Amelie Sevani Mwua, Apollene Michel Abena Ekobena, Yasmine Yotchum and Jodelle Clarice Majufang reportedly failed to show up for a Covid test at the scheduled accommodation at 7:30 a.m.

They have not been seen since Wednesday evening, when they got into a taxi outside the building, but officials have revealed the reasons they concluded the disappearance was on their own terms.

“It seems that women have left on their own”, said a police spokesman.

Elsewhere it was added that the incident is not being treated as suspicious “since the players have taken all their possessions.”

“A priori, there is nothing to say that it is a forced disappearance”, he added.

Athletes often use sports glasses abroad to escape poor living or training conditions in their home country and seek asylum.

During this year’s Olympics, 20-year-old Ugandan weightlifter Julius Ssekitoleko also fled his hotel, leaving a note saying he didn’t want to go home and wanted to find work in the host country.

Four days later, he was found in central Japan unharmed and with his identity card, before being arrested at Entebbe airport on his return to Africa.

At the 2012 Olympics in London, seven Cameroonians – five boxers, a footballer and a swimmer – disappeared from the Olympic Village and were believed to be looking for “greener pastures”.