2020 Tokyo Olympics: Ugandan weightlifter runs away from camp to seek greener pasture because life in Uganda is ‘particularly difficult’July 19, 2021
Julius Ssekitoleko, a Ugandan of weightlifter has reportedly gone missing at the ongoing Olympics which is being organized in Tokyo.
According to preliminary investigations Mr. Ssekitoleko left his camp unnoticed and has gone into hiding because he has no intentions of returning to Uganda.
Julius Ssekitoleko, a Ugandan Olympic hopeful, failed to show up on Friday for a required coronavirus test after arriving in Tokyo earlier.
The 20-year-old weight lifter has gone missing from his hotel, officials said. A search is underway.
However, several hours after he could not be found, one of the officials found a written letter in his room in which Ssekitoleko stated that he had no intention of returning to Uganda because life there is ‘particularly difficult’.
A search for the 20-year-old athlete has been launched. Katsunobu Kato, the chief cabinet secretary to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has said the police are conducting a search. Mr. Kato said the police and city officials were making an “all-out effort” to find Mr. Ssekitoleko.
The incident occurs a week after the opening of the Olympic Games in the Japanese capital and has raised concerns about the anti-COVID measures implemented for the event amid a resurgence in COVID-19 cases, with the first case being confirmed this