Ugandan weightlifter Julius Ssekitoleko goes missing in Japan ahead of Tokyo games

Tokyo, Jul 16 : Ugandan weightlifter Julius Ssekitoleko, 20, has gone missing during an Olympic training camp in Japan, one week before the Tokyo Games open, officials said Friday. Authorities were searching for the weightlifter, who failed to show up for a coronavirus test and was not in his hotel room. “One member of the Ugandan delegation, which the city received as a host town, has gone missing and cannot be reached,” the city of Izumisano said in a statement. “The city is making all efforts to search for the individual. We have reported the matter to police.”

The statement said Ssekitoleko was last seen shortly after midnight inside the hotel by a fellow athlete.

He failed to conduct a required PCR test by shortly after noon and the alarm was raised when he was not found in his hotel room.

Uganda’s delegation arrived in Japan last month, headed for a pre-Games training camp in Izumisano, in Osaka region.

But a coach tested positive on arrival, and other delegation members were subsequently asked to self-isolate, with a second member later testing positive.

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