Ugandan weightlifter Julius Ssekitoleko has gone missing from his nation’s Olympics training camp, writes DAVE FRASER.
Ssekitoleko, 20, was part of the Uganda squad who were training in Izumisano, Osaka.
But while in Japan, the weightlifter failed to qualify for the Games and – along with his coach – was due to fly back to the African nation on Tuesday.
However, he was discovered missing from his room, with reports claiming he left behind a note saying he wants to stay and work in Japan rather than return to Uganda.
A train station close to Uganda’s training camp confirmed Ssekitoleko had purchased a bullet train ticket to Nagoya – roughly a 50-minute journey.
After hearing the news, Ugandan Weightlifting Federation president Salim Musoke slammed Ssekitoleko and the camp’s security – who should have been keeping an eye out as part of the Games’ strict Covid-19 protocols.