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Cameroon – Rio 2016: That moment when all our hopes are on wrestlers for at least a bronze medal

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Written by Deckson N.

The last representatives of Cameroon will descend into the arena on August 18, 2016.

Will the name of Cameroon finally appear in the medal standings of the 31st Olympic Games? Answer tomorrow with the entry into competition of wrestlers, the last ambassadors of the green-red-yellow. They are, relays La Nouvelle Expression (LNE) on newsstands of August 17, 2016, “Rebecca Muambo Ndolo (31), engaged in freestyle women 48 kilograms; Emilian Essombe (28), engaged in freestyle women 53 kilograms; and Annabel Laure Ali (31), engaged in wrestling of 75 kg.

Of the three, Annabel Laure Ali has the best track record. The native of Garoua was 1/8 finalist at the 2008 Olympics, then the quarter-finals in London in 2012. In 2013, she earned a gold medal at the Francophonie Games in France in wrestling. The following year, she won silver at the Commonwealth Games. “I am prepared. I think to be ready for the challenge, “said the young woman before leaving the country for Brazil.

For others, passing a round will mean a real achievement. Suffice to say that the medal chances of Cameroon are now minimal. In this sense, LNE states that “since the elimination of Wilfried Seyi, the Cameroonian flag bearer, and Hassan Ndam , the international boxer, the two great hopes on which we bet, it is very hard to find optimism in fans and other fans of the Cameroon Olympic Team.

A mindset that is summed up in this statement of amateur boxing: “I think it’s over for Cameroon. It serves no purpose to continue dreaming. We can not win any medal. If we could not do anything in boxing, weightlifting and shot put where we had high hopes, it is not wrestling that we will exploit to win a medal.

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