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Children from the nine provinces of Sri Lanka hold the baton with John Rankin, British High Commissioner

Sri Lanka is the first island nation that the Queen's Baton Relay will visit on its journey around the Commonwealth.

The country is known for its natural beauty and a brutal 25-year civil war which ended in 2009.

Sri Lanka won two medals at the last Commonwealth Games in India, with Chinthana Geetal Vidanage (69kg) and Anton Sudesh Peiris Kurukulasooriyage (62kg) winning silver and bronze medals respectively and taking home some precious metal from the weightlifting competitions.

For more information on Sri Lanka, including a timeline of the nation's key events and a profile of its leaders, visit the BBC country profile page.


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