Ugandan Weightlifter Julius Ssekitoleko “Missing” In Japan

Tokyo: Ugandan weightlifter Julius Ssekitoleko was reported missing in Japan, ahead of the rescheduled 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

A COVID-19 test was set to be conducted on weightlifter Julius Ssekitoleko at the Ugandan team hotel in a city located more than 500 kilometres away from Tokyo.

Ssekitoleko’s team-mates reportedly confirmed his disappearance, with police having launched a search.

Ssekitoleko had been staying in Izumisano in a bubble environment to help stop the spread of Covid as Japan is currently in a state of emergency.

Two members of the Ugandan Olympic delegation tested positive for Covid last month but it is not clear if Ssekitoleko was among them.

Meanwhile, the Japanese government has placed Tokyo in its fourth state of emergency lockdown in order to combat the surging COVID-19 cases across the country.

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