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Missing Ugandan Olympic hopeful left note saying he wants to work in Japan

Julius Ssekitoleko, a 20-year-old weightlifter, failed to qualify for the Games after his arrival in Japan, and was due to fly again to Uganda on July 20.

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

In the note, Ssekitoleko mentioned he didn’t need 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, after they observed {that a} Covid-19 check pattern had not been submitted by Ssekitoleko, metropolis official Osamu Mizoguchi mentioned.

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Local police have been searching for him with out success, Mizoguchi added.

Ssekitoleko competed in the Men’s 56kg weightlifting ultimate on the 2018 Commonwealth Games, aged simply 17. He completed tenth in that contest.

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

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

The Ugandan delegation was among the many first groups to arrive in Japan for the delayed Tokyo Olympics. The crew began coaching in 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 constructive for the Delta variant.

The opening ceremony of the Games is about for Friday, however events in the host city will not have spectators with Tokyo in a state of emergency over Covid-19.
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