A Ugandan weightlifter has disappeared in Japan ahead of the Tokyo Olympics started Friday next week.
Julius Ssekitoleko was reported missing after failing to turn up for a Covid-19 test, with officials saying on Friday that police were making an ‘all-out effort’ to find the 20-year-old, who was taking part in the Ugandan training camp near Osaka.
Further media reports suggest Ssekitoleko left behind a note saying he wanted to stay and work in Japan, as life in Uganda was difficult.
Ssekitoleko had not qualified to take part in the Tokyo Games, and was due to return to Uganda next Tuesday.
A nearby train station recorded him purchasing a bullet train ticket to Nagoya in central Japan, the reports said.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics, postponed for a year due to the global pandemic, is being held under tight quarantine rules, restricting participants’ movements to prevent the spread of infections.