British police have located two of the three Sri Lankan athletes who went missing from the Birmingham Commonwealth Games camp, according to Sri Lankan sports officials on Thursday.
According to Sri Lanka’s National Olympic Committee Secretary General Maxwell De Silva, the British police have found two of the missing athletes, but they have not provided Sri Lankan authorities with any information on them.
The British High Commission was approached, but they refused to provide any information, he claimed.
Out of a 161-person entourage of athletes and coaching staff, three wrestlers, one judoka, and one judo instructor had arrived in Birmingham after applying for visas for nearly six months.
Officials from the NOC have taken away all of the team’s remaining documentation since the three missing players vanished from the Birmingham Games. Officials from Sri Lanka previously told the media that Birmingham police were looking into the disappearance of the three members.
Sri Lanka had won three medals, including the amazing performance of Yupun Abeykoon, who won the bronze medal in the men’s 100m as the fastest man in South Asia and the only representative from the area for the most competitive event. The shocking news had already been made public.
According to reports, the members of the Sri Lankan contingent who have been discovered have given up their passports in order to avoid returning to their home nation, which is experiencing an economic and political crisis.
In order to escape the country’s greatest economic crisis since gaining independence in 1948, many Sri Lankans are making both legal and illegal migration attempts. While many boats headed for Australia, New Zealand, and even France have recently been seized, many Tamils from northern Sri Lanka have arrived in fiber boats in India’s Rameswaram port.