Aman Pode, one of the players of the Asian Games Sepak Takraw squad, has disappeared from Incheon, South Korea on Wednesday.
He was expected to return to Nepal along with the Nepali Sepak Takraw squad but he did not come to board his return flight. Aman is suspected to have escaped from the athlete village at 2 am Wednesday.
Other players have arrived home, said Nepal´s chef de mission for Asian Games Chhimi Urgen Gurung.
On Tuesday, Aman was with his teammates and manager sightseeing around the city. Chef de mission Chhimi said the South Korean police and the Nepal Embassy in Seoul have already been informed about Aman´s disappearance. Gurung further said he had requested the organizers to keep an eye on Nepali players. But organizers had not paid much attention saying players from a particular country could not be kept on special watch.
Players and officials have to go through inspection before entering or exiting the athlete village. But almost anyone was allowed access to the welcome center, situated outside the athlete village.
A Nepali coach, who was a player in the previous Asian Games and did not wanted to be named, said he was surprised at the easy access to the welcome center.
“Entry to the athlete village was allowed only after going through three-four check points. But here, everyone can visit the welcome center,” he said.
Nepal Sepak Takraw was making its debut in the Asian Games. Aman, teaming with Anil Gurung, had competed against Singapore and Japan in the team event. Nepal had lost that match 2-0.
Previously in the Busan Asian Games in 2002, most of the Nepali boxing players had disappeared in South Korea. Altogether 204 Nepali players are participating in 25 events in the Asian Games.