Two Pakistani boxers missing in Birmingham after CWG
Two Pakistani boxers disappeared in Birmingham after the closing of the Commonwealth Games, the national federation announced on Wednesday.
Pakistan Boxing Federation (PBF) Secretary Nasir Tang has confirmed the news of the disappearance of boxers Suleman Baloch and Nazeerullah hours before the team’s departure for Islamabad.
The Birmingham CWG ended on Monday
“The travel documents, including their passports, are still with the federation officials who accompanied the boxing team to the matches,” Tang said.
He said the team’s management informed the Pakistani High Commission in the UK and the relevant authorities in London about the disappearance of Suleman and Nazeerullah.
Tang said the missing boxers’ documents have been kept as standard operating procedure for all athletes traveling from Pakistan.
The Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) has formed a four-member committee to investigate the case of the missing boxers.
Pakistan did not win any medals in the Commonwealth Games boxing competition where they ended up with eight medals, including two golds, won in weightlifting and javelin throwing.
The boxers’ disappearance came just two months after national swimmer Faizan Akbar went missing while competing at the FINA World Championships in Hungary.
Akbar, however, didn’t even bother to participate in the championships and disappeared with his passport and other documents just hours after reaching Budapest. He had been missing since June.