Sepak Takraw player Pode goes missing
Sep 24, 2014-
A Nepali Sepak Takraw player Aman Pode shamed the nation after defecting the team here in South Korea hours before their scheduled return to home from the 17th Asian Games on Wednesday.
The team, making debut in the Asian Games, had crashed out after losing the first round. As the six-member team prepared to board home, Pode went missing from the Athetics Village. Nepal’s Chef-de-Mission Chimmi Urgen Gurung said the player had left the Village around 2:00AM local time on Tuesday.
“It appears that he had planned to run away after the match,” informed Gurung. “Not even his teammates knew about his intentions,” Gurung informed the remaining team members including three other players returned home with Pode. Gurung said they have already requested organisers to provide more vigilence on Nepali team to avoid further embarrassment. “The organisers have already asked the local security to search for the defected Nepali player,” said Gurung.
It is not, however, the first incident of Nepali players defected while representing Nepal in sports events. Eighteen Nepali players went missing during the 14th Asain Games in 2002, which was also held in Busan South Korea.
Karatekas Ravi Maharjan and Radhika Deula also defected the team which had reached South Korea to participate in an Invitational Championships in 2007. Deula has returned home but Maharjan is still in South Korea. (PR)
Published: 25-09-2014 09:44