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ATANGANA NTSAMA Charles
Sport Para athletics
NPC Cameroon   
GenderMen
Age29
Place of BirthMinlaba, CMR
Height1.72 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Classification
T11, F11
Further Personal Information
Languages
French
Higher education
Sociology - University of Yaounde I: Cameroon
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para athletics at the Club for Rehabilitated Blind Young People of Cameroon [CJARC] in Yaounde. He first competed at the 2011 Games for the Future of Africa's Handicapped People [JAPHAF] in Yaounde.
Why this sport?
He discovered sports while at a rehabilitation centre in Yaounde, Cameroon. He first played goalball and later he combined it with Para athletics.
General Interest
Nicknames
Atango (nyanga.cm, 30 May 2018)
Hobbies
Dancing, listening to music, reading. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a medal at the 2015 African Games in Brazzaville, Congo. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
US Para athlete David Brown. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
US athlete Justin Gatlin. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Injuries
He sustained an injury in 2017. (nyanga.cm, 30 May 2018)
Awards and honours
He received the Knight of Order of Valour Award from the president of Cameroon in 2017. (nyanga.cm, 30 May 2018)
Other sports
He has represented Cameroon in goalball at international level. (nyanga.cm, 30 May 2018)
Impairment
He lost his vision at age 15 due to retinitis pigmentosa. (nyanga.cm, 30 May 2018; Athlete, 06 Nov 2019; weekendsportsetloisirs.cm, 08 Nov 2018)
Other information
TRAGIC CHILDHOOD
Born in Minlaba, Cameroon, he lost his father at only six months old. At age 15 he lost his vision and as a consequence he attempted suicide by drinking a bleaching product. "I was rushed to the dispensary, where I was quickly taken care of." (nyanga.cm, 30 May 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
  2015 100m T11  DNS
15 2019 Shot Put F11 8.56