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Missing Ugandan Olympic hopeful left observe saying he needs to work in Japan

Julius Ssekitoleko, a 20-year-old weightlifter, did not qualify for the Games after his arrival in Japan, and was as a result of fly again to Uganda on July 20.

But he was final seen at a neighborhood station close to his delegation’s lodge in Izumisano at 6:30 a.m. on Friday. The athlete bought a Shinkansen bullet practice ticket to Nagoya, about 200 kilometers away, an Izumisano official instructed CNN.

In the observe, Ssekitoleko mentioned he didn’t wish to return to Uganda and requested the members of his delegation to ship his belongings again to his spouse, the Izumisano official Aadded.

City officers first feared he was lacking round noon on Friday, once they seen {that a} Covid-19 take a look at pattern had not been submitted by Ssekitoleko, metropolis official Osamu Mizoguchi mentioned.

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Local police have been on the lookout for him with out success, Mizoguchi added.

Ssekitoleko competed within the Men’s 56kg weightlifting last on the 2018 Commonwealth Games, aged simply 17. He completed 10th in that contest.

Two Ugandan athletes, and others from Rwanda and Cameroon, beforehand went lacking throughout these video games, which had been held in Gold Coast, Australia, PA Media reported on the time.

And two rugby sevens gamers from Uganda, who went lacking after competing within the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, had been later revealed to have claimed asylum and had been taking part in for a rugby workforce in Cardiff, the BBC reported in 2015.

The Ugandan delegation was among the many first groups to reach in Japan for the delayed Tokyo Olympics. The workforce began coaching within the western Japanese metropolis on July 7 after finishing a compulsory quarantine.

On their arrival in late June, a member of the delegation was discovered to be optimistic for the Delta variant.

The opening ceremony of the Games is ready for Friday, however occasions within the host metropolis is not going to have spectators with Tokyo in a state of emergency over Covid-19.

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