Missing Olympians surface

Five Cameroon boxers who disappeared during the Olympics have reappeared for a training session.

London Olympics venue Eton Manor. Picture: London 2012.com.

LONDON - Organisers of the London Games are desperate to steer journalists towards the Paralympics, while one story from the Olympics keeps re-emerging.

The five boxers from Cameroon who disappeared from sight three weeks ago reappeared at a London gym for a training session this week.

The group disappeared from the Olympic village along with a swimmer and a footballer after losing their bouts during the Games.

Under Olympic accreditation rules they can stay in the UK until November but will then have to apply for permission to remain in the country.

The five men aged between 24 and 28 were reported missing on 7 August by Cameroon's Olympic chief.

It was reported they were keeping a low profile in a bid to secure permanent asylum once their Olympic accreditation had expired.

However, the temptation of sparring and training appears to have proven too much and the gym-goers turned up at a boxing gym in New Cross, South London and asked to see a top coach.

The five boxers claimed they were 'currently living in nearby Lewisham', and reportedly want asylum.

The authorities are in an awkward position saying that although they were reported as missing they have a legal right to remain in the UK for a further three months and have done nothing wrong.