A 20-year-old Ugandan athlete has gone missing in Japan after leaving a message that he wants to stay in Tokyo – according to him, life is hard!
Julius Ssekitoleko is a weightlifter who failed to qualify for the Olympic games but has decided not to return to his country but stay and work in Japan.
The 20-year-old athlete is said to have left a note stating that life in Uganda is too hard and he prefers to work in Tokyo.
CNN reports that Julius purchased a Shinkansen bullet train ticket to Nagoya, about 200 kilometres away from his hotel in Izumisano. Ugandan officials report that he went missing from the Ugandan delegation’s hotel.
In the note, Ssekitoleko said, “he did not want to return to Uganda and asked the members of his delegation to return his belongings to his wife back in Uganda”.
It was revealed that “City officials feared he was missing around midday on Friday when they noticed that a Covid-19 test sample had not been submitted by Ssekitoleko,” city official Osamu Mizoguchi said.
Local police have been looking for him without success, Mizoguchi added. Ssekitoleko was last seen at a local station near his delegation’s hotel in Izumisano at 6:30 a.m. on Friday.