Srinagar: In a shocking incident, amid the backdrop of economic crises in their Country, the 10 members of Sri Lanka’s 2022 Commonwealth Games contingent have been reported to have disappeared in Birmingham.
The report has suspected that they want to remain in Britain.
The report said that 9 members and an official vanished after completing their events.
Three of them — judoka Chamila Dilani, her manager Asela de Silva, and wrestler Shanith Chathuranga — had disappeared last week.
“Since then, another seven have vanished,” the Sri Lankan contingent official has been quoted as saying in the report.
“We suspect they want to remain in the UK, possibly to get employment.”
The Sri Lankan contingent’s management had possessed the passports of all members to ensure they returned home. However, that failed to deter some from leaving.
According to a report from AFP, the British police had located the first three members of the contingent who disappeared but no action was taken against them, as all three had valid visas for six months.
“In fact, the police got us to return the passports that we were holding as a deterrent against defections,” the official said.
“The police have not told us about their whereabouts.”
Sri Lanka has been reeling under severe economic crises with nation wide protests against the Government recently.