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Eight members of Sri Lanka Commonwealth Games delegation missing in England

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BIRMINGHAM, England — Eight members of the Sri Lanka delegation at the 2022 Commonwealth Games are missing, West Midlands Police told ESPN on Monday.

Three Sri Lankans — wrestler Yoda Pedige Shanith Chathuranga, judoka Marappulige Chamila Dilani and judo official Tikiri Hannadige Duminda Asela De Silva — were reported missing earlier in the Games, although two were located, Reuters reported on Thursday. The located individuals have not been named.

“We are aware of eight reports of missing people relating to Birmingham 2022 and our enquiries continue to ensure they are safe and well,” West Midlands Police told ESPN on Monday.

The Commonwealth Games Foundation declined to comment on Monday.

A Sri Lanka team spokesman told Reuters on Thursday that athletes had handed over passports and other valuables to their respective sports discipline officials for safe keeping.

Sri Lanka is suffering an economic crisis that has led to a severe shortage of many essential imported items like medicines, fuel and cooking gas.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s mansion was occupied by protestors in July and he resigned a few days later.

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