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Report: 4 Congo Olympic delegation members missing

Democratic Republic of Congo's Cedric Mandembo (L) fights with Russia's Alexander Mikhaylin during their men's +100kg elimination round of 32 judo match at the London 2012 Olympic Games August 3, 2012. (REUTERS/Toru Hanai)

KINSHASA, Congo: A U.N.-run radio station in Congo says four members from the country's Olympic delegation have gone missing in London.

The station reported Monday that judo athlete Cedric Mandembo disappeared after the closing ceremony, and has not been reachable on his mobile phone. He lost his match after 49 seconds.

Authorities tell the radio station that the Congolese athlete left the Olympic village with his baggage without saying where he was going.

The others who have gone missing are two officials with the boxing and judo teams, and a national athletic official.

Already at least seven Cameroonian athletes have failed to return home after the games.

Congo has suffered decades of dictatorship and war and remains mired in poverty despite its mineral riches.

 

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