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Sport Para athletics
NPC Cameroon   
GenderMen
Age41
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T54, F55
Further Personal Information
Residence
Geneva, SUI
Languages
French
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up para-athletics at age four.
Why this sport?
The sport helped him integrate into society and overcome his impairment.
Name of coach
Carla Rhymer, SUI; Joakim Helmer, SUI
General Interest
Hobbies
Listening to music, spending time with family, travelling. (Athlete, 07 Sep 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in the F54-57 shot put at the 2015 All Africa Games in Brazzaville, Congo. (Athlete, 07 Sep 2016)
Most influential person in career
His children. (Athlete, 07 Sep 2016)
Awards and honours
He was Cameroon's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (myinfo.rio2016.com, 06 Sep 2016)

He carried the Olympic torch as the relay made its way through Geneva, Switzerland, ahead of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. (greeknewsonline.com, 27 Jun 2004)
Other sports
He has played wheelchair basketball at international level, and has also coached the sport in Switzerland. (induni.ch, 01 Sep 2012; induni.ch, 09 Jul 2014)
Impairment
His impairment is the result of the effects of polio. He contracted the illness as a child. (Athlete, 07 Sep 2016)
Other information
REPRESENTING CAMEROON
He moved to Switzerland in 2000. He could have represented Switzerland at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London as he qualified through his residency there, but he believed that it was more likely he would be selected for Cameroon. He has said it does not matter to him under which flag he competes, he just wanted to realise his dream of competing at the Paralympic Games. (toutimmo.ch, 27 Aug 2012; induni.ch, 09 Jul 2014; fecasdep.org, 26 Feb 2015)

COMMITTEE
In 2012 he began serving as a member of Cameroon's Youth Olympic Committee. (induni.ch, 15 Aug 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
8 2016 Shot Put F55 10.28
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
1st Round 2006 100m T54 15.68
8 2006 4 x 100m Relay T53-54 57.56
6 2006 4 x 400m Relay T53-54 3:33.50
16 2013 Discus Throw F54/55/56 25.26
Semifinal 2013 200m T54 28.77
17 2013 Javelin Throw F54/55/56 17.29
Semifinal 2013 100m T54 15.65
13 2013 Shot Put F54/55 9.40