Police continue search for eight ‘missing’ Commonwealth Games athletes and officials

A total of 17 people who were involved in the Games in Birmingham had been reported missing, with nine of those now found

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Police are continuing their search for eight Commonwealth Games athletes and officials who remain missing following the event.

A total of 17 people who were involved in the Games in Birmingham had been reported missing.

But police have since confirmed that nine of those have been found, with eight still unaccounted for.

A police spokesperson said: “We’ve received a total of 17 missing people reports from visiting Commonwealth Games delegations – 13 competitors and four other delegation members.

Commonwealth Games opening ceremony
Commonwealth Games opening ceremony
Three members of Sri Lanka’s Commonwealth Games team were reported missing during the event
Three members of Sri Lanka’s Commonwealth Games team were reported missing during the event

"Of those, nine have since been found and eight remain outstanding.

“We’re making enquiries alongside immigration officials to ensure they are safe and well.”

People from Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Cameroon are among those to have been reported missing, according to the Mirror.

During the event, which came to an end earlier this month, three members of Sri Lanka’s Commonwealth Games team were reported missing.

After the incident, the Sri Lankan team called for all of the remaining athletes and officials to surrender their passports.

Team spokesperson Gobinath Sivarajah said earlier this month: "We have asked all athletes and officials to submit their passports to our respective venue officials in all the villages after the incident.

"The police are investigating and the three cannot cross the UK borders.

“What has happened is really unfortunate,” they told the Telegraph.