Ten members of crisis-hit Sri Lanka’s Commonwealth Video games contingent in Birmingham have disappeared in a suspected try to stay in Britain, a high sports activities official informed AFP on Sunday August 7, 2022.
The 9 athletes and a supervisor vanished after finishing their occasions, the Sri Lankan official stated, requesting anonymity.
Three of them – judoka Chamila Dilani, her supervisor Asela de Silva, and wrestler Shanith Chathuranga – went lacking final week.
That prompted a police grievance by the Sri Lankan officers.
“Since then, one other seven have vanished,” the official stated, with out figuring out them.
“We suspect they need to stay within the UK, presumably to get employment.
The 160-strong Sri Lankan contingent’s administration possessed the passports of all members to make sure they returned dwelling.
However that failed to discourage some from leaving.
British police positioned the primary three that disappeared, however as that they had not violated native legal guidelines and held visas legitimate for six months, no motion was taken, the Sri Lankan official informed AFP.
“The truth is, the police received us to return the passports that we have been holding as a deterrent in opposition to defections,” the official stated.
“The police haven’t informed us about their whereabouts.”
Britain’s West Midlands police pressure, which covers Birmingham, stated it was wanting into studies of six Sri Lankans going lacking from the Video games, and stated, “enquiries proceed to make sure they’re protected and effectively”.
The pressure declined to remark additional, together with on the declare of there being 10 lacking folks in whole, and the British Inside Ministry additionally refused to remark.
Sri Lanka had gained one silver and three bronze medals on the Video games as of Sunday night.
Sri Lankan athletes have been reported lacking from worldwide occasions previously.
In October final yr, Sri Lanka’s wrestling supervisor deserted his crew and disappeared in Oslo through the World Championships.
Through the 2014 Asian Video games in South Korea, two Sri Lankan athletes made a run for it and weren’t discovered.
And in 2004, when Sri Lanka didn’t also have a nationwide handball crew, a 23-member group pretending to characterize the nation conned their method right into a event in Germany and disappeared.