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(Yahoo)   London's Calling: as the Olympic Games end, athletes from Africa are disappearing into the city en masse   (uk.eurosport.yahoo.com) divider line 13
    More: Strange, athlete of the year, Ivory Coast, Africans, Guinea, Olympic Village, judo, olympics, Congolese  
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2012-08-14 01:59:34 PM
Uh, that's kind of sad, but it's not strange.
 
2012-08-14 02:04:54 PM
It's like the Good Old Days when athletes from behind the Iron Curtain would suddenly get "lost" on the way home.
 
2012-08-14 02:07:19 PM
Ivory Coast? I thought that was a pretty safe and economically viable nation? I get why athletes from other African nations would do so...
 
2012-08-14 02:15:52 PM

downstairs: Ivory Coast? I thought that was a pretty safe and economically viable nation? I get why athletes from other African nations would do so...


They pretty much are, but when you give athletes from impoverished parts of the world a free ticket to a 1st world country and an extended Visa, the return trip home looks a lot less exciting.
 
2012-08-14 05:18:54 PM
Hasheed he won't like it.
 
2012-08-14 05:19:43 PM
 
2012-08-14 05:22:09 PM
I'm surprised more of the folks who Britain imported to work the games haven't disappeared into London. Maybe they have?
 
2012-08-14 05:25:17 PM
So, what's the correct terminology for black people living in England?
 
2012-08-14 06:06:19 PM

Mark Ratner: So, what's the correct terminology for black people living in England?


Black
 
2012-08-14 09:29:16 PM

Mark Ratner: So, what's the correct terminology for black people living in England?


African-American-Britons

This sort of thing is actually far, far more common than you'd think. Unfortunately, you grasp it from the articles. In one, it mentions that an Iraqi flagbearer and 5 Cubans defected in Atlanta (1996). Another article mentions that an Iraqi flagbearer and another Olympian from Afghanistan defected at Atlanta. Yet another mentioned half a Zaire soccer team, again at Atlanta. No one seems interested in reporting complete information, just a handful of anecdotes.
 
2012-08-14 09:30:40 PM
Don't. You don't grasp it from the articles, because none of them are exhaustive or even complete. Eugh.
 
2012-08-15 05:52:38 AM
Must be the Mars bars and free health care.
 
2012-08-15 01:02:20 PM

downstairs: Ivory Coast? I thought that was a pretty safe and economically viable nation? I get why athletes from other African nations would do so...


I have a sister-in-law from the Ivory Coast. Apparently there was a coup/regime change maybe 20 years a go (?) and her family relocated to Boreaux.

/that's all i know
 
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