Ugandan Weightlifter Missing in Japan Amid Olympic Lockdown in Tokyo

Julius Ssekitoleko

Ugandan weightlifter Julius Ssekitoleko is currently missing in Japan.

Officials discovered that the 20-year-old athlete, an Olympic hopeful who arrived in the country mid-June, was missing on Friday, after he did not show up for a scheduled COVID-19 test, according to The New York Times.

Officials also found that his hotel room in Izumisano was empty, after which they notified the authorities.

Izumisano mayor Hiroyasu Chiyomatsu said that they had received reports that the athlete had been sighted at a train station, per the Associated PressKyodo News agency also reported that the athlete left a note in his hotel room about not wanting to return home.

“All we want is that he’s found as soon as possible,” Yuji Fukuoka, a city spokesman, told The New York Times. “He might be having a tough time.”

Although Ssekitoleko traveled to Japan with hopes of qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics, he did not and was scheduled to fly back home next week, according to the Times.

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Maria Pasquini

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