TOKYO – A Ugandan weightlifter who disappeared from an Olympic training camp on Friday left a note saying he wanted to stay in Japan, media said, adding to the confusion ahead of the Games that start next week. .
Julius Ssekitoleko was discovered missing from the Uganda team’s training site in Izumisano, a city in Osaka, western Japan.
Media reports said that he left a note saying that he wanted to stay and work in Japan, as life in Uganda was difficult.
Ssekitoleko had not qualified to participate in the Tokyo Games and was due to return to Uganda next Tuesday.
A nearby train station recorded him buying a bullet train ticket to Nagoya in central Japan, according to reports.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics, postponed for a year due to the global pandemic, are being held under strict quarantine rules, restricting the movements of participants to prevent the spread of infections.
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