Ugandan weightlifter Julius Ssekitoleko has gone missing from his accommodation in Japan.
The development was confirmed on Friday when authorities searched for Ssekitoleko in his hotel room for a coronavirus test but was not available.
Uganda Olympic Committee has released a statement on Ssekitoleko’s issue
“We have learnt from our team leader in Izumisano Osaka City, that one member of the team that was in the pre training camp has gone missing. Our team in Izumisano Osaka is cooperating with the authorities to try and locate Mr.Ssekitoleko.”
Read the Uganda Olympic Statement signed by Beatrice Ayikoru the Chef de mission Tokyo
The City of Izumisano Osaka also confirmed that the search for Ssekitoleko is on
“The City is making all efforts to search for the individual. We have already reported the matter to Police.”
Read a statement from the City of Izumisano
Ssekitoleko was part of the first batch of the Uganda delegation that traveled to Japan last month.
He was due to return home early next week after missing out on a slot in the 67kg weight category at the global games.
The 20 year old was set to become the country’s ninth lifter in the Games’ history but missed a slot across two quotas.
Ssekitoleko’s miss means that for the first time in Olympic history, Uganda will present more women (13) than men (12) at the games scheduled to kick off next week.