Kinzito claimed that he had also received death threats.
Kimbata and Kinzito both included the allegations that they had received death threats in their asylum claims, which were found to be credible.
Kimbata said she had no intention of claiming asylum when she left Congo to compete in the London Games. Indeed, in doing so she has left behind her young family with whom she desperately hopes to be reunited.
“I have three young children in Congo and I told them I would be home in two months,” she said. “Now I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to go home.”