Three Nepalese athletes missing from Incheon Asian Games
A sepak takraw player and two wushu players from Nepal have gone missing from the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, according to the official Asiad Daily on Saturday (Sept 27).
The sepak takraw player went missing on Wednesday while the two wushu players went missing on Thursday.
The athletes have been identified by Nepali news outlet eKantipur as sepak takraw player Aman Pode and wushu players, Sombir Tamang and Nirajan Ale Magar.
“Through closed-circuit television footage, we confirmed that he (the sepak takraw player) had disappeared,” said Jung Ki Young, the Asian Games organising committee’s director of international relations.
“He was going to go back to his country after the match. He, however, disappeared from the venue.”
Jung said the committee had been informed of the disappearances by the Nepal chef de mission and that the team was in possession of the athletes’ passports.
According to sports website insidethegames, this is not the first time that Nepali athletes have gone missing in South Korea - 18 Nepali athletes disappeared during the 2002 Asian games held in Busan South Korea.
Jung, the director of international relations, explained that the players' Games accreditation meant they could remain in South Korea legally until Oct19.
They will not face illegal immigration charges should they turn up before then.
Source: Xinhua, Insidethegames