Sri Lanka’s wrestling chief abandoned his team and disappeared in Oslo.© AFP
Sri Lanka’s wrestling manager abandoned his team and went missing in Norway during the United World Wrestling Championships while trying to stay in Europe illegally, officials said on Monday. The South Asian country’s wrestling federation chief Sarath Hevitharana said Donald Indravansa disappeared from the team hotel three days into the tournament in Oslo and failed to join the group when he returned to Sri Lanka on Friday. “We suspect he may have been trying to break into Switzerland,” Hevawitharana told AFP. “There was a Sri Lankan who saw him trying to get a bus ticket.”
Hevawitharana said he had informed Oslo Police and other Norwegian authorities about the manager’s disappearance.
“There is no way for him to stay in Oslo because we have alerted the authorities,” he said. “It is most likely that he wants to move to another European country, probably Switzerland.”
Sri Lankan athletes have been known to disappear from international events in the past.
During the 2014 Asian Games in South Korea, two athletes scored a run for it and did not get it, and in 2007 a triple-jump coach was bolted in Italy.
An entire handball team went missing in a 2004 tournament in Germany. Sri Lanka did not have a handball team at that time and a fake 23-man group entered the country and disappeared.
The move was turned into a film in 2008 by a joint Italian-Sri Lankan production team.
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