Two Sri Lankan athletes found after ‘disappearing’ from Commonwealth Games – but one is still missing

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TWO members of the Sri Lankan team who vanished from the Commonwealth Games have been found.

A third member of the team who also mysteriously disappeared has, however, has not yet been found.

The Sri Lanka National Olympic Committee confirmed the missing athletes were wrestler Yoda Pedige Shanith Chathuranga, judoka Marappulige Chamila Dilani and judo official Tikiri Hannadige Duminda Asela De Silva.

West Midlands police would not confirm who had been found and said they were continuing their investigation into the third missing person.

“Two people a woman in her 30s and a man in his 40s, were reported missing on August 1,” said the force.

“Both have now been located and are no longer missing.

“Today we’ve received a report of a third man in his 20s as missing. Enquiries are ongoing to locate him.”

It is understood the trio had surrendered their passports so were able to leave the country.

Officials have now removed documents for all remaining members of the team currently at the games in Birmingham.

All 161 athletes and coaching staff were granted standard 180-day visas by the government for the event.

Sri Lankan 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.”

There are fears the three may have disappeared to avoid returning to Sri Lanka, which is teetering on the brink of a humanitarian crisis.

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