Three members of the boxing selection of the Democratic Republic of Congo disappeared in Belgrade, capital of Serbia, where the 21st World Championships in the discipline were held.
Three boxers from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are missing in Belgrade, Serbia. They were taking part in the 21st World Boxing Championships, held from October 26 to November 6. They are suspected of having deliberately left the other two competing colleagues in company, to attempt illegal immigration to Europe or elsewhere. They are Nathan Lunata Nkosi (-57 kg), Fretas Pembele (-60 kg) and Djo Kayala (-67 kg).
According to the Congolese Boxing Federation (FECOBOXE), the leak was caused by the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA), organizer of the competition.
Initially, the Congolese delegation should return to Kinshasa on Sunday, November 7.
“Since the Sunday when we are due to leave Belgrade for Istanbul, AIBA has made us late to transfer the COVID-19 test results around 9:30 am (8:30 am UT); while the flight was scheduled for 8:50 am (7:50 am). We missed the flight but AIBA had suggested that we take another route, that of Vienna (Austria) then Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) then Kinshasa. But very unfortunately on the Monday in question, we did not have the transit visa for Austria, ”explained FECOBOXE communications officer Doudou Mbala.
The disappearance of the trio was noted this Tuesday, November 9. The DRC delegation had just missed its return flight for the third time. Contacted by Sport News Africa; a member of the Congolese Boxing Federation (FCB) present in Belgrade, rewinds: “Everything was fine, we had once again returned to the hotel after missing our flight as we had for the last two days. But, to our surprise this morning, when we went to check their rooms, they were empty. «
According to our information, local authorities have opened an investigation to try to find traces of the missing. The rest of the DRC delegation, for its part, is expected to fly to Kinshasa this Thursday, November 11. This would end an ordeal that the FCB blames on the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA).
The five Congolese boxers who were eliminated at these world championships:
1. Djo Kayala Engulu (67 Kg)
2. Fretas Pembele Nzola (60 kg)
3. Christopher Luteke (86 Kg)
4. Nathan Lunata Nkosi “Voda” (57 kg)
5. Jerry Kabangu Katamba (54 Kg).
Crédit photo: FECOBOXE