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Cameroon athletes target Commonwealth Gold from the Silver City


The Cameroon Commonwealth Games team has arrived in Aberdeen as part of their preparations for Glasgow 2014.

Cameroon wrestling coach Tchomo with wrestler Annabel Ali. The near 70-strong delegation began their two-week pre-games training camp in the Granite City on Wednesday, 09 July.

A total of 47 athletes, who compete in sports including athletics, boxing, judo, weightlifting and wrestling, are based at the University of Aberdeen's student accommodation at Hillhead.

They are accompanied by a support team of coaches, doctors, physiotherapists and other team officials.

Throughout the training camp, athletes will make use of the state-of-the-art training facilities at Aberdeen Sports Village and RGU: SPORT.

The product of a partnership involving Aberdeen Sports Village, RGU: SPORT and Aberdeen City Council, the camp will provide the African team with tailored training programmes designed to prepare the athletes for their Commonwealth Games campaign.

David Beattie, chief executive at Aberdeen Sports Village, said: "We're proud to welcome the Cameroon Commonwealth Games team to Aberdeen so they can finalise their preparations for Glasgow 2014.

"Many of the athletes are familiar with the North-east after a similar training camp was arranged two years ago in the build-up to the London 2012 Olympics.

"Our leading sports facilities at Aberdeen Sports Village and RGU: SPORT will help the athletes to fine tune their performances so when the games begin they'll be in the best possible condition."

Cameroon achieved one silver and three bronze medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. Three of the four medallists are returning to compete in Glasgow and hope to improve upon their medal positions. Many of the athletes travelling to Aberdeen won medals, including two golds, at the Jeux de la Francophonie (JDLF) in France last year.

Based on previous results, the best hopes for a gold medal at Glasgow 2014 is wrestler Annabel Ali who won silver at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and two golds at JDLF in 2013. Fellow wrestler Muambo Rebecca Ndolo also won a gold medal at JDLF.

There are also a number of silver medal hopes, specifically in the men's 200m, men's triple jump, women's judo and women's wrestling as well as many bronze medal hopes in men's 100m, women's athletics and women's weightlifting.

While in Aberdeen, the athletes will also attend a civic reception hosted by Lord Provost George Adam at the Town House.

The training camp will conclude on Monday, 21 July, and the team will then head to the Commonwealth Games Athletes' Village in Glasgow.