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Pakistani Boxers Absconded: Missing or absconding? Two Pakistani boxers went missing in England after Commonwealth Games

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Pakistani boxers Suleman Baloch and Nazeerullah Khan gone missing in UK

Highlights

  • Two Pakistani boxers who went to participate in the Commonwealth Games went missing in England
  • Both Pakistani boxers did not reach to get passport
  • Disappeared hours before the flight to Islamabad

Pakistani Boxers Absconded: After any big event like Olympics and Commonwealth Games, many players want to return home without wasting time. But if the players are from Pakistan, then it is not necessary that this should apply to them too. The Commonwealth Games 2022 held in Birmingham has ended on 8 August. All the players and athletes of every member country of the world have returned to their respective homes, but two boxers of Pakistan have disappeared in England itself.

Two Pakistani boxers went missing in England

Giving official information, Commonwealth Games Federation said that two boxers from Pakistan have gone missing. Pakistan Boxing Federation (PBF) secretary Nasser Tang confirmed the news that boxers Suleiman Baloch and Nazirullah went missing hours before the team left for Islamabad. The Birmingham Commonwealth Games have just concluded on Monday. “The travel documents, including his passport, are still with the federation officials who accompanied the boxing team to the Games,” Tang said, adding that the team management had contacted the Pakistan High Commission in the UK and the concerned authorities in London. The authorities have been informed about the disappearance of Suleiman and Nazirullah. Tang said the documents of the missing boxers were kept in accordance with the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for all players coming from Pakistan.

The Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) has constituted a four-member committee to probe the case of missing boxers. Pakistan could not win any medal in the boxing competition of Commonwealth Games. The country won a total of eight medals including two golds in weightlifting and javelin throw.

Pakistani player has disappeared before

The incident of missing boxers comes two months after national swimmer Faizan Akbar went missing from the FINA World Championships in Hungary. Akbar, however, did not compete in the championship and disappeared with his passport and other documents a few hours after arriving in Budapest. He has not been traced since June. In such a situation, it should not be surprising if the suspense of the disappearance of Suleiman Baloch and Nazirullah is not resolved soon.

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