A Ugandan weightlifter who fled training before the Olympics saying he didn’t want to return to his country has been found in central Japan

Julius Ssekitoleko of Uganda competes during the Weightlifting Men's 56kg Final on day one of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre on April 5, 2018 on the Gold Coast, Australia.
  • The Ugandan weightlifter Julius Ssekitoleko, 20, has been found by Japanese officials.
  • He had fled his hotel at training Friday, saying he did not want to return to Uganda. 
  • He was scheduled to return to Uganda after failing to rank high enough to compete at the Olympics. 

A Ugandan weightlifter who fled from training in western Japan before the Olympics last week has been found, police said.

Police in central Japan’s Mie prefecture told The Associated Press that Julius Ssekitoleko, 20, was found in Yokkaichi, a little over 100 miles east of where he and his team had been training in Izumisano, in the Osaka prefecture.

When he fled his hotel on Friday, he left behind his luggage in his hotel room, along with a note that said he didn’t want to return to Uganda and instead wanted to stay in Japan and work.

Ssekitoleko was scheduled to fly home to Uganda this week after failing to place high enough in international rankings to compete in the Olympic.

He was set to be interviewed by police, officers told the AP.

The Ugandan weightlifter who fled training before the Olympics said he didn’t want to return to his country after he was found by Japanese police in central Japan.
Julius Ssekitoleko 20, of Uganda competes during the Weightlifting Men’s 56kg Final on day one of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre on April 5, 2018 on the Gold Coast, Australia.
Julius Ssekitoleko of Uganda competes in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
He had fled his hotel at training Friday, saying he did not want to return to Uganda.
He was scheduled to return to Uganda after failing to rank high enough to compete at the Olympics.
Police in central Japan’s Mie prefecture told The Associated Press that Julius Ssekitoleko, 20, was found in Yokkaichi, a little over 100 miles east of where he and his team had been training in Izumisano, in the Osaka prefecture.
When he fled his hotel on Friday, he left behind his luggage in his hotel room, along with a note that said he didn’t want to return to Uganda and instead wanted to stay in Japan and work.
Ssekitoleko was scheduled to fly home to Uganda this week.

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