Riddle of 'missing' money from Africa Village at London Olympics

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At the 2012 Olympic Games in London a major initiative called 'Africa Village' was set up in the British capital to promote the continent. But it was forced to close early after local suppliers went on strike, saying their bills had not been paid. Five years on it is still not clear what has happened to hundreds of thousands of pounds which appear to have gone missing in relation to the project. A French events company involved denies it is responsible for the problem and is suing a senior African Olympic official for defamation. Antton Rouget reports.

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It was a proud moment for Lassana Palenfo. On Saturday July 28th, 2012, and amid much pomp and ceremony, the general from the Ivory Coast who is the president of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA), the regional representative of the International Olympic Committee, inaugurated the first 'Africa Village' in the history of the Olympic Games.