July 30, 2021

Ugandan Weightlifter Missing From Olympic Training Camp

Ugandan weightlifter missing from Olympic training camp… 

Officials in Izumisano City have announced a member of the Ugandan team has been reported missing prior to the Olympic Games here.

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.

According to Yahoo Japan, the official who was set to conduct the test was unable to locate Ssekitoleko in his room.

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

“One member of the Ugandan delegation, which the city received as a host town, has gone missing and cannot be reached,” an Izumisano City statement read.

“The city is making all efforts to search for the individual.

“We have reported the matter to police.”

The International Olympic Committee confirmed it has contacted the Ugandan Olympic Committee for further details.

“The IOC has been informed about the situation of one Ugandan athlete,” an IOC spokesperson told insidethegames.

“We are in touch with the National Olympic Committee in order to clarify the situation.”

Ssekitoleko was part of a nine-member Ugandan delegation to travel to the city last month, with two subsequently testing positive for COVID-19.

One case was reported at the airport, with the second discovered after the team had arrived at the training camp.

This led to the Ugandan team being placed in quarantine, while prompting discussions in Japan over how the country could strengthen protocols for participants arriving for the Games.

The team was cleared to return to training after completing their quarantine period.

Ssekitoleko had been hoping to compete in the men’s weightlifting competition at the Games.

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