The Ugandan contingent in Japan has been hit with yet another blow as one Olympian has been gone missing. Reports filtering in from Japan confirm the disappearance of Ugandan weightlifter Julius Ssekitoleko from camp on Friday morning.
Seeing as the Olympics are to be held with Japan battling a fourth covid19 wave, regular coronavirus tests have become a norm, and the twenty-year-old’s failure to turn up for one caused alarm. The alarm raised forced a search in the hotel, and his absence was reported to the Izumisano City authorities.
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.Team Uganda’s host city Izumisano said in a statement.
The weightlifter joins the rugby players Ramathan Govule, Brian Kikaawa, Fred Odur, and James Odong. Govule, Kikaawa, and Odur went missing after a sevens tournament in Germany in 2017. On the other hand, Odong disappeared in Monaco ahead repechage qualifier for the Tokyo Olympics last month.
Short Stint At The Games
Julius Ssekitoleko was part of the first Ugandan delegation to set foot in the host city Izumisano. However, all hasn’t been rosy as the youngster was set to return home on 20th July with his dream of becoming the nations’ ninth weightlifter at the prestigious games crashed.
We received communication late that Uganda had no quota for weightlifting. He (Ssekitoleko) will be returning on July 20Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) general secretary Beatrice Ayikoru earlier this week.
Speaking to a local daily, The Monitor, earlier this week, Uganda Weightlifting Federation (UWF) president Salim Musoke confirmed the development. Ssekitoleko traveled to Japan on a waiting list, having won the 67kg bronze after lifting 100kg in clean and 130kg in clean and jerk for a total of 230kg. This was during the Africa Weightlifting Championships in Nairobi at the close of May.
Madagascar’s Tojonirina Andriantsitohaina edged him out on the pending list. Japan then swept the remaining slots as the host nation.
The Olympics are scheduled for next week in Japan’s coronavirus ravaged city. Held every four years, the competitions will run through July 23rd to August 8th following postponement last year as the novel virus felt at one on planet earth. But with the world adjusting to life in the new normal, Japan will host the prestigious showdown behind closed doors.