Julius Ssekitoleko, a Ugandan weight lifter who traveled to Japan in the hopes of competing in the Tokyo Olympics has gone missing from his hotel near an athletic training camp, one week before the Tokyo Games open, officials said Friday.
He was one of nine Ugandans who had been staying in Izumisano, a city in Osaka Prefecture in western Japan since mid-June. He was discovered to be missing around noon Friday when he failed to show up for a coronavirus test.
Authorities were searching for the 20-year-old, who failed to show up for a coronavirus test and was not in his hotel room.
The city of Izumisano said in a statement: “One member of the Ugandan delegation, which the city received as a host town, has gone missing and cannot be reached.
“The city is making all efforts to search for the individual. We have reported the matter to police.”
The statement said Ssekitoleko was last seen shortly after midnight inside the hotel by a fellow athlete.
He failed to conduct a required PCR test shortly after noon and the alarm was raised when he was not found in his hotel room.
Uganda’s delegation arrived in Japan last month, headed for a pre-Games training camp in Izumisano, in Osaka region.
A coach tested positive on arrival, and other delegation members were subsequently asked to self-isolate, with a second member later testing positive.
Athletes and other Olympic participants are subject to strict rules including regular testing and limits on their movement.