Julius Ssekitoleko, the Ugandan Weight lifter who went missing in Japan from the Olympics training camp finally returned home this morning.
Julius went missing for four days before they found him 170 kilometers away from their residence. In a statement released today by the ministry of foreign affairs, they confirmed that the weightlifter is safe.
“Mr. Julius Ssekitoleko was seen off at the airport by officials of the Ugandan Embassy and Japanese Immigration Authorities. They ensured his safe and orderly passage out of Japan. Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, he was received by officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Education and Sports.”
It’s in this same statement, they revealed that they will reprimand Julius.
“The government of Uganda commits to continuous rehabilitation of the athlete to assist him settle to further develop his career. And also help him understand how such acts of misconduct can not only affect him as an athlete but also other athletes in the Sports sector and the nation at large.”
Why Julius ran off is still a mystery although people have been making a lot of speculations. Most Ugandans were saying he was looking for greener pastures.
However, this act of his may have some negative consequences for Ugandans planning to travel to Japan. They may give them a hard time.
This is not he first time a Ugandan athlete has disappeared from the training camp while on overseas games.
Just a few weeks ago, Ugandan rugby player James Odong went missing in Monaco. This was during the Rugby Cranes Olympic qualifiers that the pandemic cut short.
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