Tokyo Olympics: Ugandan weightlifter goes missing, attempts to defect before Games

An Ugandan weightlifter is missing from an Olympic training camp, leaving a note saying he wanted to stay in Japan and adding to confusion before the Games, which begin next week.

Julius Ssekitoleko was discovered missing from the Ugandan team's training site in Izumisano, a city in Osaka, western Japan.

Media reports he left behind a note saying he wanted to stay and work in Japan, as life in Uganda was difficult.

Ssekitoleko had not qualified to take part in the Tokyo Games and was due to return to Uganda next Tuesday.

A nearby train station recorded him purchasing a bullet train ticket to Nagoya in central Japan, reports say.

Postponed for a year due to the global pandemic, the Tokyo Olympics is being held under tight quarantine rules, restricting participants' movements to prevent the spread of infections.