Two Pakistani boxers missing from Birmingham after Commonwealth Games, national swimmer missing from Hungary

The Pakistan Boxing Federation (PBF) said on Wednesday that two of its national boxers are missing from Birmingham after the conclusion of the Commonwealth Games. PBF secretary Nasir Tang told Dawn that two boxers Suleiman Baloch and Nazirullah went missing hours before the team left for Islamabad. The Birmingham Commonwealth Games 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 sent Suleman and the relevant officials to the Pakistan High Commission in the UK and London. Nazirullah has been informed about the disappearance.

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 the Commonwealth Games. The country won eight medals in these games, including two golds in weightlifting and javelin throw. 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 appear to 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.

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