Commonwealth Games 2022 Committee formed to probe missing boxers’ case

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The Pakistan Olympic Association has formed a four-member committee to investigate how two boxers — Suleman Baloch and Nazirullah Khan — part of Pakistan’s contingent went missing at the conclusion of the Commonwealth Games in Bir-mingham.

An official of the Pakistan Boxing Federation, without sharing any further information, confirmed formation of the committee.

The four-member committee is will be headed by Mohammad Shafiq, who is the president of the Pakistan Handball Federation. Other members of the committee include a member of the Pakistan Sports Board (to be nominated by PSB), Colonel Sadaf Akram, secretary of the Army Sports Directorate and Lt Col Muhammad Nasir Ejaz Tung, and secretary of the PBF.

The committee will initiate the inquiry upon the return of the boxing contingent to Pakistan. Two boxers of Pakistan’s 2022 Commonwealth Games contingent have mysteriously disappeared in Bir-mingham in a suspected bid to remain in England and escape returning to their homeland that is facing a high unemployment and inflation rate.

Reportedly, Suleman Baloch and Nazir Ullah, the two boxers disappeared from the Birmingham airport due to negligence of the Pakistan Olympic Association and Boxing Federation of Pakistan.

The Pakistani boxing contingent was due to travel back to Pakistan from Birmingham but the boxers were nowhere to be found. The travel docu-ments of both the boxers were in possession of the team management which made their disappearance more suspicious.—AFP

 

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