Olympic Games Defectors (61)

Athlete Nation(s) Sport(s) Era Notes
Yhyacinthe Abdon CMR BOX 2012 Disappeared during the Games and was later granted asylum in England.
Christian Adjoufack CMR BOX 2012 Disappeared during the Games and was later granted asylum in England.
Raed Ahmed IRQ WLF 1996 Did not return to Iraq after 1996 Olympics.
Serge Ambomo CMR BOX 2012 Disappeared during the Games and was later granted asylum in England.
Rolando Arrojo CUB BSB 1992 Did not return to Cuba after 1996 Olympics.
Deogracias Asuncion PHI CTR 1984 Did not return to the Philippines.
Gábor Balla HUN SHO 1964 Did not return to Hungary after 1964 Olympics, settling in the US.
Marion Becker ROU
FRG
ATH 1972—1976 Did not return to Romania after 1972 Olympics, settling in West Germany and competing for West Germany in the 1976 Olympics.
Andrea Bodó-Molnár HUN GAR 1952—1956 Did not return to Hungary after 1956 Olympics, settling in the US.
Dede Camara GUI SWM 2012 Disappeared during the 2012 Games and later sought asylum in England.
Oszkár Csuvik HUN WPO 1948 Did not return to Hungary after 1948 Olympics.
Lídia Dömölky-Sákovics HUN FEN 1956—1968 Did not return to Hungary after 1956 Olympics, moving to the US but returning in 1957.
Paul Ekane CMR SWM 2012 Disappeared during the Games in an attempt to seek asylum in England.
Thomas Essomba CMR BOX 2008—2012 Disappeared during the 2012 Games and was later granted asylum in England.
Hassan Fkiri TUN WRE 2000 Did not return to Tunisia after 2000 Olympics and settled in Australia. He later represented Australia internationally.
Ute Gähler FRG LUG 1968 Defected prior to competing in the 1964 Olympics for East Germany, competing for West Germany in the 1968 Winter Olympics.
József Gerlach HUN DIV 1956 Did not return to Hungary after 1956 Olympics, settling in the US.
Weynay Ghebresilasie ERI ATH 2012 Applied for asylum in the UK after 2012 Olympics and was later granted asylum. Competed for GBR from 2021.
Mukhran Gogia GEO WLF 2000 Applied for asylum in Australia after 2000 Olympics. It is unknown whether this was granted.
Ödön Gróf HUN SWM 1936 Did not return to Hungary after 1956 Olympics (where he was active as a coach), moving to the US.
Rodolfo Guaves PHI CTR 1984 Did not return to the Philippines.
Olga Gyarmati HUN ATH 1948—1956 Did not return to Hungary after 1956 Olympics, first settling in the UK, then the US.
Gene Hámori HUN
USA
FEN 1956—1964 Did not return to Hungary after 1956 Olympics, settling in the US and competing for the US in the 1964 Olympics.
István Hernek HUN CSP 1956 Did not return to Hungary after 1956 Olympics, settling in the US.
Mihály Iglói HUN ATH 1936 Did not return to Hungary after 1956 Olympics (where he was active as a coach), moving to the US.
Cedric Kebika COD JUD 2012 Disappeared after the closing ceremony in an attempt to seek asylum in England.
Facinet Keita GUI JUD 2012 Disappeared during the 2012 Games and later sought asylum in England.
Ágnes Keleti HUN GAR 1952—1956 Did not return to Hungary after 1956 Olympics, first settling in Australia, then Israel.
Attila Keresztes HUN
USA
FEN 1956—1964 Did not return to Hungary after 1956 Olympics, settling in the US and competing for the US in the 1964 Olympics.
Margit Korondi HUN GAR 1952—1956 Did not return to Hungary after 1956 Olympics, settling in the US.
Walter Lambertus ROU ROW 1976 Did not return to Romania after 1976 Olympics, settling in Canada.
Dániel Magay HUN FEN 1956 Did not return to Hungary after 1956 Olympics, settling in the US.
László Magyar HUN SWM 1956 Did not return to Hungary after 1956 Olympics, settling in the US.
Miklós Martin HUN WPO 1952 Did not return to Hungary after 1956 Olympics, settling in the US.
Blaise Mendouo CMR BOX 2012 Disappeared during the Games and was later granted asylum in England.
Stelian Moculescu GER
ROU
Coach/VVO 1972—2008 Defected on the last day of the 1972 Olympics.
Stéphane N'Zue Mba GAB BOX 2000 Applied for asylum in Australia after 2000 Olympics, which was not granted.
Sergey Nemtsanov KAZ
URS
DIV 1976—1980 Briefly defected after the 1976 Olympics (having fallen in love), but returned to the USSR.
Zsuzsa Ördög HUN SWM 1956 Did not return to Hungary after 1956 Olympics, settling in the US.
Edgardo Pagarigan PHI CTR 1984 Did not return to the Philippines.
Diomedes Panton PHI CTR 1984 Did not return to the Philippines.
György Piller HUN FEN/Referee 1928—1952 Did not return to Hungary after 1956 Olympics (where he was active as a coach), moving to the US.
Béla Rerrich HUN FEN 1948—1956 Did not return to Hungary after 1956 Olympics, first settling in the US, then Sweden.
Sándor Rozsnyói HUN ATH 1956 Did not return to Hungary after 1956 Olympics, first settling in Austria, then Australia.
József Sákovics HUN FEN/Referee 1952—1964 Did not return to Hungary after 1956 Olympics, moving to the US but returning in 1957.
Valeriane Sarava GEO WLF 2000 Did not return to Georgia after 2000 Olympics and settled in Australia. He later represented Australia internationally.
Ferenc Siák HUN DIV 1956 Did not return to Hungary after 1956 Olympics, settling in the US.
Ayouba Ali Sihame COM SWM 2012 Disappeared into the streets of London in an attempt to escape a forced marriage in her home country. Was later granted asylum and settled in the UK.
Paul Szabo ROU FEN 1976 Escaped from the Olympic Village on last day of the Montreal Games.
Ripszima Székely HUN SWM 1956 Did not return to Hungary after 1956 Olympics, settling in the US.
Katalin Szőke HUN SWM 1952—1956 Did not return to Hungary after 1956 Olympics, settling in the US.
László Tábori HUN ATH 1956 Did not return to Hungary after 1956 Olympics, settling in the US.
Attila Takács HUN GAR 1956 Did not return to Hungary after 1956 Olympics, settling in the US.
András Törő HUN
USA
CSP 1960—1976 Did not return to Hungary after 1964 Olympics, settling in the US and competing for the US in the 1972 and 1976 Olympics.
Zoltán Török HUN ROW 1924—1928 Did not return to Hungary after 1956 Olympics (where he was active as a coach), moving to the US but returning in 1957.
Aissata Touré GUI ATH 2012 Disappeared during the 2012 Games.
Krystsina Tsimanouskaya BLR ATH 2020 Criticized her coaches at Tokyo 2020 and was removed from the Olympics, and shuttled to the airport to leave Japan. The IOC intervened and she sought asylum at the Polish Embassy to avoid returning to Belarus.
Anna Wojtaszek-Pazera AUS
POL
ATH 1956—1964 Did not return to Poland after 1956 Olympics, settling in Australia.
Ervin Zádor HUN WPO 1956 Did not return to Hungary after 1956 Olympics, settling in the US.
Victor Zilberman ROU BOX 1968—1976 Did not return to Romania after 1976 Olympics, settling in Canada.
Róbert Zimonyi HUN
USA
ROW 1948—1964 Did not return to Hungary after 1956 Olympics, settling in the US and competing for the US in the 1964 Olympics.