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Sri Lankan athletes forced to hand in passports after teammates reported missing from Commonwealth Games

File photo: Sri Lankan army athletes

Sri Lankan athletes who are currently competing in the Commonwealth Games in the UK have had been forced to turn in their passports after their team mates absconded from the athletes' village earlier this week. 

While two members of the judo team who "went missing" on Monday have reportedly been spoken to by police but Sri Lankan wrestler Yoda Pedige Shanith Chathurangahas not been found.

“We have asked all athletes and officials to submit their passports to our respective venue officials in all the villages after the incident,” a Sri Lankan team spokesman reportedly said. 

“The police are investigating and the three cannot cross the UK borders. What has happened is really unfortunate," they added. 

According to some reports, the athletes may look to seek asylum in the UK as Sri Lanka faces it's worst economic crisis in decades. 

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.



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