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Sri Lanka’s vanishing athletes

File photo: Sri Lankan army athletes

At least ten athletes who were contesting in the Commonwealth Games for Sri Lanka have gone missing, with reports indicating that they may try to claim asylum in Britain.

The 9 athletes and a manager are reported to have vanished after completing their events.

Amongst those competing in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham are 37 Sri Lanka Army athletes. It has not yet been confirmed if any of the missing athletes are from the military.

The news comes just days after at least 9 Sri Lankan soldiers jumped ship and deserted the military whilst in the United States last week, after they travelled to the country to train alongside the American troops and pick up a US navy vessel that was gifted to Colombo.

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