Ugandan Weight Lifter Missing in Japan Amid Olympic Lockdown

TOKYO — A Ugandan weight lifter who traveled to Japan in the hopes of competing in the Tokyo Olympics has gone lacking from his lodge close to an athletic coaching camp, officers mentioned on Friday.

Julius Ssekitoleko, 20, certainly one of 9 Ugandans who had been staying in Izumisano — a metropolis in Osaka Prefecture in western Japan — since mid-June was found to be lacking round midday Friday when he failed to point out up for a coronavirus take a look at.

Olympic organizers have tried to maintain all members in the Games in a “bubble” and in compliance with strict guidelines to stop the unfold of the coronavirus whereas they’re in the nation. Athletes coaching exterior Japan have been restricted to motels and coaching venues.

Organizers lately introduced that each one spectators can be barred from venues in Tokyo, which declared a state of emergency amid an increase in coronavirus instances.

Last month, two folks touring with the Ugandan Olympic delegation examined constructive for the coronavirus after arriving in Japan. It shouldn’t be clear if Mr. Ssekitoleko was certainly one of them.

The police are conducting a search, mentioned Katsunobu Kato, the chief cupboard secretary to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. Mr. Kato mentioned the police and metropolis officers have been making an “all-out effort” to seek out Mr. Ssekitoleko.

According to Yuji Fukuoka, a spokesman for the town of Izumisano, an official who had traveled with the Ugandan delegation checked Mr. Ssekitoleko’s lodge room on Friday, and he was not there.

“All we want is that he’s found as soon as possible,” Mr. Fukuoka mentioned. “He might be having a tough time.”