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Ugandan athlete in Japan for Olympics goes missing leaving note
A Ugandan athlete who took part in pre-Olympic training camp in western Japan has gone missing, leaving a note to the effect of, "I want to work in Japan," local officials said Friday, with police now conducting a search in a case that may raise further questions about the safety of the games to be held amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Julius Ssekitoleko, a 20-year-old weightlifter staying in Izumisano, Osaka Prefecture, purchased at a local station a shinkansen bullet train ticket to Nagoya, about 200 kilometers away, the city said, nearly a day since the athlete was last seen.
Ssekitoleko, who missed a spot for the Olympics after arriving in Japan last month, said in the note left at his hotel that he does not want to return to Uganda because life there is difficult and asked members of his delegation to give his belongings to his wife in his home country, according to the city.
A Ugandan Olympic athlete training in Japan ahead of the start of the games next week has gone missing, local officials said on July 16.