Updated March 5th, 2024 at 15:15 IST

Pakistan's best male boxer steals money from teammate's bag in Italy, then disappears from hotel

Pakistan boxer Laura Ikram had gone out for training and Zohaib Rasheed took her room keys and stole her foreign currency from a purse before disappearing.

Pakistani boxer Zohaib Rasheed steals money and disappears in Italy | Image:Asian Boxing Confederation/Shutterstock
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It might seem like shocking news to many but in Pakistan, it is a normal piece of update. A Pakistani boxer who had gone to Italy to take part in an Olympic qualifying tournament in Italy stole money from a teammate's bag and then disappeared. Pakistan Amateur Boxing Federation confirmed that Pakistan’s best male boxer Zohaib Rasheed is missing after stealing money from a teammate's purse in Italy.

A senior official of the federation said they had brought it to the notice of the Pakistan Embassy in Italy and also filed a police report about the incident.

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"It is most embarrassing for the federation and country the way Zohaib Rasheed has behaved as he had gone there as part of a five-member squad to take part in an Olympic qualifying tournament," the national federation's secretary, Colonel Nasir Ahmed said.

Zohaib had won a bronze medal in last year's Asian Boxing Championships and was regarded as a rising talent in Pakistan.

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Nasir said that a female boxer Laura Ikram had gone out for training and Zohaib took her room keys from the front desk and stole her foreign currency from a purse before disappearing from the hotel.

"The police have been informed and they are now searching for him but he is not in contact with anyone," Nasir said.

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This is not the first time a Pakistani athlete has gone abroad with a national squad and slipped away in hope of a better future.

(with PTI inputs)

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Published March 5th, 2024 at 14:49 IST