Two Pakistani boxers go missing in Birmingham after Commonwealth Games

It should also be noted that this is not the first such incident where a Pakistani athlete has gone missing.

Ritesh PathakAuthor

Updated - 10 August 2022 11:35 PM

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Pakistan Boxing Federation (PBF) on Wednesday confirmed that two of its boxers have gone missing after the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. The federation revealed that the two boxers disappeared two hours before boarding the flight for Islamabad. However, the travel documents of the two pugilists are still with the officials. Notably, the 2022 Commonwealth Games ended on Monday and the teams have started returning back to their own countries.

PBF Secretary Nasir Tang confirmed the news that boxers Suleman Baloch and Nazeerullah disappeared a couple of hours before the team's departure for Islamabad. Tang further said that the federation has informed the Pakistan High Commission in the UK and other relevant authorities about the disappearance of the two boxers. Meanwhile, the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) has formed a four-member committee to probe into the matter.

"The travel documents including their passports are still with federation officials who accompanied the boxing team to the games," Tang said.

It should also be noted that this is not the first such incident where a Pakistani athlete has gone missing. Two months ago, 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.

Pakistan won eight medals at CWG

Coming to Pakistan’s performance at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, the country won eight medals in total out of which two were gold that came in javelin throw and weightlifting. While Arshad Nadeem won the gold medal in Men’s Javelin throw event by breaching the 90-meter mark, Nooh Dastagir Butt won the gold medal in Men’s 109kg+ weightlifting category.

Pakistan finished in the 18th position. Meanwhile, India finished in the fourth position with 61 medals including 22 gold medals.

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