weightlifter Cyrille Tchatchet: from despair to Olympic dream | Tokyo Olympics 2020
TWeightlifter Cyrille Tchatchet stood on the edge of a cliff in Sussex, contemplating suicide. Having left the Athletes’ Village during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, he feared for his safety if he returned to his native Cameroon. Tchatchet had been forced to live on the streets in Brighton for two months, sleeping under a bridge, surviving on handouts and becoming increasingly depressed.
“I was in a new country,” he says. ” I did not know anyone. I was ashamed. You feel suicidal all the time because you think you are just plain useless. Fortunately, he saw a poster advertising the Samaritans on the wire fence separating the grass from the steep slope. Tchatchet called the helpline, was persuaded not to jump, and soon after two police cars arrived to bring him to safety.