A Ugandan Olympic weightlifter training in Japan has gone missing, local officials said Friday.
Officials said they are looking for a 20-year-old male member of the Ugandan delegation who has been in Izumisano, Osaka Prefecture.
team’s host city in western Japan is searching with police.
The Japanese Local authorities were searching for a Ugandan weightlifter on Friday after he went missing just a week before the Tokyo Olympics, which have sparked public opposition over their coronavirus risks.
Julius Ssekitoleko, 20, who was taking part in a training camp near Osaka, failed to turn up to a Covid-19 test and was not in his hotel room.
This will not be the first team an athletes disappearance will be reported from an Africa team camp as such was reported during the 2016 Olympics and 2018 Common Wealth Games.
His disappearance comes with intense scrutiny in Japan over the risk of virus infections spreading from the postponed 2020 Games, as cases surge in the country.
On Friday, the government said it had asked organisers to investigate reports of Games participants breaking virus rules, a day after Olympic chief Thomas Bach insisted the regulations “are working, and they are enforced”.
Among thousands of Games-related arrivals in July, only a handful of positive cases have been recorded.
The opening ceremony of the Olympics will take place on the 23rd of July in the Japanese capital.