Cameroon – Francois Mbango: Former athlete says Cameroon is no longer able to produce international athletes

Written by Deckson N.

The two times gold medalist takes stock of the country’s participation in Brazil. And expressed her willingness to assist the Cameroon Athletics Federation to better prepare the next competitions.

Françoise Mbango Etone, the two times gold Olympic medalist of triple jump graded her successors. She took stock of Cameroon’s participation in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in on Wednesday. Citing her specialty which is athletics, the former athlete did not only feel sad for the poor performance, but also encouraged her fellow citizens:

in terms of athletics component, my findings are simple, with zero medals, this is a big failure, but the athletes are in no way involved, they did what they could with the conditions they had. I congratulate them on their great achievement and invite them not to be discouraged and to get back to work.

The other observation made by Françoise Mbango is that the performance of Cameroonian athletes have declined steadily since … 16 years. She noticed that from 2000 to 2016, the number of athletes who have achieved the minimal to participate in the Olympics has fallen by more than half. 10 in 2004, we ended up just 2 in 2012 and 2016. Then Cameroon left from an Olympic gold medal in 2008 to zero in 2012 and 2016.

These are for me the worrying signs of decline which, if left unchecked, will continue. This means concretely that Cameroon is no longer able to produce international athletes. We must try to understand why and take corrective action, “advocates the former champion.

For her, it is clear that if athletes have achieved these minimums and do not benefit from the optimal support for training, not only during the Olympic year “but three or four years,” before they arrive at the Olympics to face the world’s best in their respective disciplines, if not, it’s an “impossible mission“. She therefore suggests to “try to understand why they never receive optimal framework conditions taking into account the physical, tactical and mental.

The long jump retiree said to expect leaders of the Cameroon Athletics Federation deepen this analysis and reflection and to take the actions necessary to start this reconstruction work. She also volunteered for the task.

I am open and ready to serve my country where she needs me,” she says.

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