Uganda’s Runaway Weightlifter Julius Ssekitoleko was spotted by security cameras in Nagoya, news in Japan have confirmed.
Ssekitoleko vanished in Tokyo on July 16 and left a note behind saying that he wanted to stay and work in Japan.
Reports have comfirmed that he purchased a train ticket to Nagoya on Friday morning!
Kyodo News has it that Security footage later spotted a man resembling Ssekitoleko at Nagoya Station.
Nagoya is approximately 120 miles away from Izumisano City where Uganda’s first batch is training from.
The place is said to be housing the second largest Ugandan Population in Japan, with about 150 Ugandans believed to be living in that area.
Ssekitoleko is with only his mobile phone as his Visa is with Team Uganda officials.
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State Minister for Foreign Affairs Okello Oryem was gutted and confirmed that they are collaborating with Japan authorities to bring Ssekitoleko back home.
“It is a very challenging situation – When a very young man who we trained and prepared to go and represent the country abroad decides to defect jump ship,” Minister Oryem said on Tuesday during a meet with Japan Ambassador.
“This is the very reason why the Police is investigating and getting to the bottom on why he became part of the team.
“Sports Minister Obua is going to Japan tomorrow (Tuesday) and we have discussed this matter with him, he as well discussed with his senior Minister that is the First lady and respective Security organs on how they will make sure that there will not be further disappearances by our members of the olympic team there. They will do everything possible to make sure that there is no further dissapearance.”
Oryem branded Ssekitoleko a “traitor” and called his behaviour “unacceptable.”
Ssekitoleko was part of Team Uganda’s first batch that was training for the games in the Izumisano City. He was later deemed ineligible to take part in the games.
Ssekitoleko who was to take part in the 67kg weight category, was expected to fly back home Today (July 20).
National Council of Sports and Uganda Olympic Committee President explained that Ssekitoleko went to Japan in anticipation that he would be able to qualify with the quota system.
The Weightlifter however missed the slot and “we had no idea that he had those intentions (of vanishing).”