David Ojong, head of the delegation of Cameroon Olympic Team, returned yesterday in Yaounde on Cameroon’s participation in the Olympics.
David Odjong said he was surprised to hear about a bonus issue within the Cameroonian delegation, back from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Yesterday in Yaounde the Secretary General of the National Olympic and sports Committee of Cameroon (CNOSC) returned to Cameroon’s participation in the Olympic Games from 5 to 21 August, where 24 athletes in six disciplines returned empty-handed. Since the Games Village, boxer Hassan Ndam Njikam had already found the cause for their lousy adventure.
“It is disastrous what they did in Brazil. I was labeled rebel for claiming our bonuses. We left Rio without our them, “denounced the boxer.
An assertion kicked into touch by the Head of delegation of the Cameroon Olympic team. With supporting documents, he showed that all bonuses were paid before the start of Rio. Athletes received 4,098,450 CFA francs bonuses with 11% tax already deducted and divided into three categories. 105 000 CFA francs Olympic bonus, 500,000 CFA francs for the last training course and 4 million CFA francs of equity bonuses.
Wilfried Seyi, the boxer and Annabelle Laure Ali, the wrestler received a performance bonus of a million CFA francs for passing the first round of the competition. Contacted via phone yesterday, Petit David Minkoumba, weightlifter present in Rio, confirmed the words of David Odjong. The weightlifter confides to have collected all his bonuses and did not understand his comrades who still demand money. To date, only two of the 12 volleyball players await the return of the collector, even in Brazil to take possession of their training course bonuses.
For the preparation, the qualified athletes for the Olympics benefited from the “bientôt Rio” program. Under the coordination of the Ministry of Sports and CNOSC, most of the athletes of the Cameroon team have been training. This is the case of the national volleyball team in training at Sao Paulo in Brazil and in Spain and the four boxers who are lapped in Ukraine. Also according to the head of delegation, only two weightlifters have not got a placement abroad. The Cameroon Weightlifting Federation has been slow to propose a project for the preparation of Petit David Minkoumba and Arcangéline Fouodji. Insufficient preparation for such a competition as recognized by David Odjong.
“It’s true we do not prepare an athlete for Olympics in six months. Other countries are in the 4 or even 12 years. We must not also just cast aspersions on the Committee and the MINSEP. The federations also have their share of responsibility. We will rectify this for the next elections, relying on satisfactions as Wilfried Seyi and Sandrine Mbumi, “promised the head of delegation.
As for the coach of Hassan Ndam Njikam, the SG of CNOSC admits having worked for integration within the Camerooon Olympic team. Only the latter could not be accredited for the competition, as they are not recognized by IABA (International Amateur Boxing Association), reason why he was not present at ringside during fights.