24 athletes and zero medal brought to Cameroon! Was this international competition so tough for these young Cameroonian athletes? Cameroon overstaffed delegation and their awesome regalia projected the image of the nation. The Cameroonian delegation was more prepared for Rio than the athletes. This was clearly seen in their elegant march pass as they displayed the Toghu outfit which was the most rated and applauded regalia in the world during the Olympic parade.
The Cameroonian delegation was more prepared for Rio than the athletes. This was clearly seen in their elegant march pass as they displayed the Toghu outfit which was the most rated and applauded regalia in the world during the 2016 Olympic parade.
Wilfred Seyi’s determination and courage was not enough to make the Cameroon national anthem chanted at the podium. No athlete went missing this time around! Cameroonian athletes were humble enough as they openly accepted their defeat and escaping for greener pasture was not an alternative but hoping for Tokyo 2020.
”We had only one month of preparation to confront the athletes from other countries who were preparing for the same competition for 4 years. Some Cameroonian athletes have made their upgrade in the country and were not entitled to the privilege of the International scholarships and training camps. So we could only reap what we sowed” said a Cameroonian Boxer.
Let’s get into the Bonuses Cameroonian Athletes were due for participating in Rio 2016 Olympics. How much was the quota each athlete was to receive as bonus and did they actually receive their respective bonuses? is a Cameroonian Athletes were supposed to receive the following bonuses for participating in Rio Olympics 2016 as listed below:
- Participation bonuses in the qualifying tournament 500.000 francs CFA.
- Skill Bonuses 500,000 francs CFA.
- Training session bonuses $55 per day.
- Stay in Rio Bonuses 5000 CFA francs per day.
- Olympic participation Bonuses 4,000,000 CFA francs.
- Participation Bonuses which varied according to tours on stage.
But unfortunately, these patriotic athletes did not receive all of the above bonuses. In an exclusive interview with Cameroon-Info.Net, the triple world champion boxer confirmed this.
Minister Grégoire Owona and Col. K. Malboum could not withstand the beauty of the Bamenda regalia. Wearing this outfits for the first time was a great experience as shown on their faces and as a result, they became the headline on social media.
Francoise Mbango, CRTV’s 2016 Olympic Games analyst and a multiple triple jump gold medalist consoled these athletes. She said, although the Cameroon Olympic team did not win any medal, they had an overall satisfactory performance and the athletes need better preparation for the next edition. The athletes have gained the experience of the Olympic Games and are better prepared psychologically to compete at international level. Great words of encouragement for these young talents!
Cameroon has five Olympic medals from 13 editions, since its debut at Tokyo 1964: three golds (two won by Françoise Mbango Etone, in the triple-jump, at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008; and one in men’s football, at Sydney 2000), one silver and one bronze.