Japanese police find Ugandan weightlifter missing from Olympic camp | Tokyo Olympic Games News


TOKYO: A Ugandan weightlifter was found four days after his disappearance from an Olympic training camp in Japan leaving a note saying he wanted to find work, police said on Tuesday.
Julius Ssekitoleko’s disappearance came at a time of great public concern over the risks of coronavirus as thousands of foreigners arrive for the Games.
“Today, the man was found in Mie Prefecture without injuries and without involvement in any crime,” an Osaka police official told AFP, who wished to remain anonymous.
“He was wearing his own ID and identified himself. It’s not sure who we should send the man to – the team or the embassy.”
The alarm was raised on Friday after Ssekitoleko failed to show up for a coronavirus test and was not in his hotel room.
The 20-year-old had recently discovered he could not compete in the Tokyo Games, which open on Friday, due to a quota system.
A note was found in his room requesting that his belongings be sent to his family in Uganda, according to officials in Izumisano town in Osaka prefecture, where the team was training.
Police said Ssekitoleko traveled to Nagoya in central Japan and then to neighboring Gifu prefecture before moving south to Mie.
“He was found in a house belonging to people with a connection to the man. He did not put up any resistance. He spoke candidly. We are still questioning him about his motives,” said the police official. .
When the Ugandan delegation arrived in Japan last month, a coach tested positive on arrival, and another member of the delegation also tested positive later.
Cases of the virus are increasing in Tokyo, which is under a state of emergency, and the risks of infection from the Games are closely monitored in Japan.
Athletes and other Olympic participants are subject to strict rules, including regular testing and limits on their movements.


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