The Ugandan weightlifter who disappeared in Japan after failing to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics last week has been found.
Julius Ssekitoleko, 20, left a note ahead of his disappearance which said that life in Uganda was too hard and he wanted to stay in Japan. He went missing last Friday and was reported to have bought a bullet train ticket to Nagoya, hundreds of kilometres away from his Izumisano hotel.
Katsunobu Kato, the chief cabinet secretary to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said police launched an “all-out effort” to find the athlete—and, on Tuesday afternoon, he was found in the Mie Prefecture.
The disappearance of the 20-year-old athlete became known on July 16. The weightlifter in the 67 kg weight category trained in Osaka Prefecture. They tried to establish a connection with the athlete in order to take a test for coronavirus from him, but it was not possible to find out the whereabouts of Sekitoleko. City officials said he was last seen at a hotel.
After arriving in Japan, the Ugandan national team was temporarily stationed in the city of Izumisana (Osaka Prefecture) in the southwest of the country. Earlier, two athletes of the national team were diagnosed with a coronavirus.