Sri Lanka Commonwealth Games athletes go missing with police ‘investigating’

The disappearances come after a state of emergency was declared in Sri Lanka amid a string of anti-Government protests

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Three members of Sri Lanka’s Commonwealth Games team have gone missing, a team spokesman has confirmed.

The three athletes are said to be a wrestler, a judo star and judo coach.

It is thought that they went missing on Monday, just days after the Games in Birmingham got underway.

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

A Sri Lanka flag
A Sri Lanka flag
Commonwealth Games opening ceremony
Commonwealth Games opening ceremony

Their Commonwealth Games team is comprised of 161 athletes and coaching staff.

Team spokesperson Gobinath Sivarajah said: "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.

The disappearances come after a state of emergency was declared in Sri Lanka amid a string of anti-Government protests.

Sri Lanka have picked up one silver and two bronze medals so far this Games.

A West Midlands Police spokesperson told GB News: "Two people – a woman in her 30s and a man in his 40s, were reported missing on 1 Aug. Both have now been located and are no longer missing.

"On Thursday, we’ve received a report of a third man in his 20s as missing. Enquiries are ongoing to locate him."