Sri Lanka had selected a 161-member contingent, including 51 officials, for the Commonwealth Games.© AFP
The Sri Lankan contingent at the Commonwealth Games has asked its athletes and officials to submit their passports after three members of the touring party went missing from their respective villages. Sri Lanka, facing severe financial crisis, had selected a 161-member contingent, including 51 officials, for the Games.
The Commonwealth Games Federation and Sri Lanka Cricket have funded athletes’ participation, Sri Lankan team’s press attache Gobinath Sivaraja confirmed to PTI that a judoka, a wrestler and the judo management have gone missing.
“We have asked all athletes and officials to submit their passports to their respective venue officials in all villages after the incident. Police are investigating and all three cannot cross the UK borders,” said Sivarjah. What happened is really unfortunate.”
There are three men’s and two women’s players in the Sri Lankan Judo team. According to reports, the missing judoka is a woman.
Judo and wrestling events are taking place at Coventry Arena, a 30-minute drive from Birmingham.
Sri Lankan athletes faced a tough time preparing for the Commonwealth Games as the country grapples with severe debt and acute shortage of food and fuel.
The basketball team members were forced to walk around 20 km to reach their training centers in the last three months due to lack of fuel.
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