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Twins’ Guinness World Record attempt remains unconfirmed

The attempt by Sri Lanka's Twins to set a Guinness World Record for the largest twin gathering on January 20 with a recorded attendance of more than 6,246 pairs at the Sugathadasa Stadium in Colombo, remains unconfirmed by London's Guinness World Record officials, the Daily News learns.

The Managing Director of Sri Lanka Twins, a non-profit organization registered under Sri Lanka's Department of Cultural Affairs, Mahinda Hettiarachchi asked if they had earned the Guinness World Records (GWR) branding for the biggest gathering of twins which they said they would set up because none seemed to have heard or read of such a branding affiliated with Sri Lanka yet.

Asked if any of Guinness World Records officials participated in their Sugathadasa Stadium event, Hettiarachchi told the Daily News their organization tried its level best to get officials from Guinness World Records to witness the event," Hettiarachchi said.

"It was very unfortunate that we couldn't get a sponsor to cover their expenses," he said.

"The costs involved 10,000 pounds for the Guinness World Records Committee, air fare of the participants, their hotel arrangements and incidental expenses, which totalled Rs. 5.2 million," he explained.

Therefore, we chose the other category which allows setting up a world record without the participation of GWR staff to evaluate and verify our record attempt, which required contracting of an internationally recognized audit firm and an independent witness for that.

Asked if their witness statements and other documents are being reviewed by GWR headquarters with regard to their record attempt, he said they are preparing the required photographic evidence, video evidence, witness statements, twin birth certificates to be sent to GWR headquarters in London in compliance with GWR guidelines.

"We'll be couriering them to London's GWR headquarters in two weeks to be tested by GWR for our record attempt at the world's largest twin gathering," he said. The previous record was set by Taiwan in 1999, where 3,961 pairs, 37 sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets gathered.

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