Death Threats Force Mbacha Eric To Back Out Of 2020 Mountain Race

Mbacha Eric will not be among over 550 athletes to challenge the Chariots of the gods in Buea this Saturday February 22 2020.

The three time winner of the Mount Cameroon Race in a video released on social media says “I will not take part in the race this year 2020 because of security reasons. I won the race in 2019 and after that I received death threats from unknown persons. They called me asking me to support the struggle. They continued and extended it to my family. So I had to seek for international protection with my family in Finland.”

Mbacha Eric a native of Donga Mantung division in the North West region of Cameroon regrets his absence for the race this year but wishes other athletes and his fans in Cameroon well in the course of the race.

Being a household name in mountaineering in Cameroon, Mbacha Eric won the Mount Cameroon Race in 2011, 2014 and 2019 and has participated over ten times.

While seeking international protection in Finland, the talented athlete has been using his time judiciously. On August 17th 2019, he took part in “Torko Marathon” covering a distance of 42 kilometres. He emerged the 2nd position in two hours 29 minutes.

On the 21st of September same year, he came 1st in another Marathon while in November 2019,he came 2nd in a 42km “Bantar Marathon” in 2 hours 30 minutes all in Finland.

In the short video, Mbacha Eric, a native of Donga Mantung division failed to mention a word on the recent killing of several people in his division of origin.

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