International drama as Ugandan Olympic weightlifter breaks security bubble


He made a break for it.
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Julius Ssekitoleko might not have thought this one throughout.

The 20-year-old weightlifter from Uganda, who made worldwide headlines on Friday by going lacking from pre-Olympic coaching camp in Japan, made a break for it as a result of he needs to remain in Japan and make a brand new life for himself there, in accordance with a Kyodo Information report.

Ssekitoleko didn’t present up for a scheduled coronavirus take a look at — a selected drawback as a result of the nine-member Ugandan group had a optimistic take a look at upon arriving in Tokyo, and one other after going throughout the nation to coaching camp exterior Osaka — by which period it had been practically 12 hours since anybody had final seen him.

Reportedly, Ssekitoleko purchased “a Shinkansen bullet prepare ticket to Nagoya,” the place the prefectural capital of Aichi is dwelling to Japan’s second-largest Ugandan neighborhood… a neighborhood of “about 150.”

It will be arduous sufficient for probably the most muscular dude the typical individual has seen shut up, as a Black man in Japan, to flee discover. This isn’t a fella who’s going to mix in when the state of affairs is regular, not to mention when the world is in search of him as a result of he busted the Olympic safety bubble and any final thought that the Olympics may proceed safely.

Possibly Ssekitoleko has connections within the Ugandan neighborhood in Nagoya who will help him out. There needs to be extra to this plan than simply bolting by bullet prepare to the closest group of dozens of expats – give the man some credit score, he’s a 20-year-old Olympian, that takes some private drive.

The issue is, no matter Ssekitoleko has as the remainder of his plan — together with presumably assuming a brand new identification, as a result of everybody will likely be like, “Ssekitoleko? Aren’t you the man who ran off from the Ugandan Olympic camp?” — he acquired this entire factor rolling by upsetting and embarrassing Japanese safety authorities.

There’s an important film on this both manner. Better of luck to Ssekitoleko find the happiness he seeks in Japan. He’s gonna want it.


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