Organisers of a mass gathering of twins in Sri Lanka claimed they broke a world record on Monday (January 20) – but overcrowding could mean the attempt is invalid.
Thousands gathered to take part in the event, held in an outdoor stadium in the capital Colombo.
The previous record was set in Taiwan in 1999, when 3,961 sets of twins, 37 sets of triplets and 4 sets of quadruplets gathered outside Taipei City Hall.
“The counting is still going on. We will submit the final count and the documentation back to the Guinness World Record committee,” Upuli Gamage, co-organiser of the event with her twin Chamali, told the gathering.
Their non-profit organisation Sri Lanka Twins, aimed at helping underprivileged twins, triplets and quadruplets in the country, said the record attempt was followed by a concert performed exclusively by twins, including an 80 member orchestra. Sri Lanka’s prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa attended as chief guest.
But overcrowding at the venue led to lengthy queues, and there was no group photo typically required at mass record attempts.
Arbitrators Guinness World Records did not respond to a request for comment on whether the record had been broken.
(Production: Channa Kumara, Waruna Karunatilake)