Two Pakistan boxers go missing in United Kingdom after Commonwealth Games 2022
Pakistan Boxing Federation said the team management has informed the Pakistan High Commission in the UK and the relevant authorities in London about the disappearance of boxers Suleman Baloch and Nazeerullah Khan.
Commonwealth Games 2022: Two boxers from Pakistan have gone missing in Birmingham after the conclusion of the Commonwealth Games 2022, the national federation said on Wednesday (August 10). Pakistan Boxing Federation (PBF) secretary Nasir Tang confirmed the news that boxers Suleman Baloch and Nazeerullah Khan disappeared a couple of hours before the team's departure for Islamabad.
The Birmingham CWG 2022 ended on Monday (August 8). “The travel documents including their passports are still with federation officials who accompanied the boxing team to the games,” Tang said.
He said the team management has informed the Pakistan High Commission in the UK and the relevant authorities in London about the disappearance of Suleman and Nazeerullah. Tang said the documents of the missing boxers have been kept as per the standard operating procedure for all athletes who travel from Pakistan.
Two Pakistani boxers - Suleman Baloch & Nazeerullah Khan - have gone missing in UK after commonwealth games. CGF and Pakistan consulate has been informed, relevant agencies in UK alerted. POA has formed four-member committee to investigate the matter. — Faizan Lakhani (@faizanlakhani) August 10, 2022
The Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) has formed a four-member committee to investigate the matter of the missing boxers. Pakistan failed to win any medal in the boxing competition of the Commonwealth Games where it ended up with eight medals, including two gold, won in weightlifting and javelin throw.
The disappearance of the boxers came just two months after a national swimmer, Faizan Akbar also disappeared while competing in the FINA World Championships in Hungary. Akbar, however, didn’t even bother to compete in the championships and went missing with his passport and other documents just hours after reaching Budapest. He could not be traced since June.