Aberdeen's Cameroonian friends enjoying excitement of London 2012
The Cameroon Olympic Team, which recently enjoyed a 16-day Pre-Games Training Camp in Aberdeen, is soaking up the atmosphere at the Games in London and Cardiff.
The 52 athletes and officials who attended the Camp, hosted at Aberdeen Sports Village and RGU: SPORT, have now joined the remaining members of their Team, most of whom attended international training camps, and were watched by millions as they took part in the Athletes' Parade in the Olympic Stadium during the spectacular opening ceremony on Friday night.
So far, the Team's performance in rowing, swimming, table tennis and football has not generated any medals for the nation, but there are hopes of success in the boxing events, which are currently underway, and for weightlifting, judo, wrestling and athletics, which are scheduled to begin later in the week.
Dolassem Dieudonne, Cameroon's -90KG Judoka, competes in the first elimination round tomorrow against Varlam Liparteliani from Georgia. Dolassem, who attended the Camp in Aberdeen and was delighted to have been presented with a kilt during his visit, and his coach, Alain Feze, were looking forward to his first match.
The Pre-Games Trianing Camp (PGTC) in Aberdeen was represented by athletes from Cameroon's weightlifting, swimming, football, judo and athletics squads, and during the 16-days of the Camp, the athletes were fully immersed in training activities. However, they took time out from their busy schedules to meet their Aberdonian fans at various events throughout the city including a welcome event at Union Square, a civic reception, visits to children's holiday camps, and appearances at local community clubs.
Adam Idrissa, Cameroon's 100m sprinter who starts his campaign this Saturday, made a guest appearance at ASV's Hydrasun Mini Olympics, held in our purpose-built Indoor Athletics Arena on Thursday 12th July. 60 local children took part in a series of run jump and throw events in what was the finale of ASV's World Sports Tour, a programme of 12 Olympic and Paralympic Sports held in the 12 weeks leading up to the Cameroon Team's arrival. Adam presented medals and certificates to the children who took part and was excited to meet some of the young hopefuls and fans inspired by his love of the sport. A competition ran alongside the programme where the children submitted answers to an Olympics-inspired quiz. The lucky winner was Jamie Garrow, aged 11, whose prize was a London 2012 themed goodie bag.
BBC Breakfast footage of ASV's Hydrasun Mini Olympics can be found here.