Tokyo 2020: missing Ugandan weightlifter Julius Ssekitoleko found in Japan

The Ugandan weightlifter who went missing from a pre-Olympic training camp in Japan on Friday has been found.

UOC General Secretary Beatrice Ayikoru confirmed he was found in a short video statement without revealing further details.

“He has been located and is with the authorities (unspecified) in Izumisano’s office,” she said.

“We are working with our embassy in Tokyo to make sure it flies safely to Uganda.”

According to reports from the Japanese Kyodo news agency, Sekitoleko was found about 40 km south of the Japanese city of Nagoya, where he was seen buying a train ticket.

The agency added that “he had a cell phone but his passport was kept by the Ugandan team, who arrived in Japan on June 19”.

In their initial statement on Friday, the UOC explained that Sekitoleko arrived in Japan before his qualification for the Games was confirmed.

After being informed by the International Weightlifting Federation on July 5, 2021 that he had not reached the quota for the Olympics, the UOC had organized his return to Uganda with his coach on July 20.

A delegation of coaches, boxers, a swimmer and a weightlifter have been preparing since the end of June in Izumisano, Osaka, for the delayed Games, which will begin on July 23.

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