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A Ugandan weight lifter who recently travelled to Japan in the hopes of competing in the Tokyo Olympics has finally been arrested.

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TOKYO —

Reuters through the Dail Mail recently reported as follows:

  • A Ugandan weightlifter was reported missing after not turning up to Covid test 
  • Julius Ssekitoleko reportedly left a note after disappearing from Olympic camp
  • Note reportedly said 20-year-old wanted to stay in Japan and not return home 
  • After failing to qualify for Games, he was due to return to Uganda next Tuesday
  • 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. 

Background:

A Ugandan weight lifter who traveled to Japan in the hopes of competing in the Tokyo Olympics was missing from his hotel near an athletic training camp, officials said on Friday.

Julius Ssekitoleko, 20, one of nine Ugandans who had been staying in Izumisano — a city in Osaka Prefecture in western Japan — since mid-June was discovered to be missing around noon Friday when he failed to show up for a coronavirus test.

Olympic organizers have tried to keep all participants in the Games in a “bubble” and in compliance with strict rules to prevent the spread of the coronavirus while they are in the country. Athletes training outside Japan have been restricted to hotels and training venues.

Organizers recently announced that all spectators would be barred from venues in Tokyo, which declared a state of emergency amid a rise in coronavirus cases.

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