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Missing Ugandan Athlete spotted in train station after dropping “Goodbye” note

Julius Ssekitoleko, the Ugandan athlete who was declared missing in Japan on the 16th of July has been spotted at the Nagoya Station in Central Japan by CCTV.

Uganda’s Olympic delegation said weightlifter Julius Ssekitoleko had been registered as missing from a team training camp in Izumisano, some 200 kilometres southwest of Nagoya.

“One member of the Ugandan delegation, which the city received as a host town, has gone missing and cannot be reached. The city is making all efforts to search for the individual. We have reported the matter to the police,” the city of Izumisano said in a statement on Friday/

Japanese News agency Kyodo reported on Monday that the Ugandan athlete is now being sought by the police, citing a police source. Kyodo cited Izumisano officials as saying the athlete left a note at his hotel saying he wanted to work in Japan before buying a train ticket to Nagoya.

Beatrice Ayikoru, head of the Ugandan delegation, said the 20-year-old was supposed to fly home on Tuesday, adding the team would cooperate with authorities in the search.

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