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Ugandan Olympic weightlifter missing in Japan has been found

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The Ugandan weightlifter who disappeared in Japan after failing to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics last week has been found.

Julius Ssekitoleko, 20, left a note before his disappearance that said life in Uganda was too hard and he wanted to stay in Japan. He disappeared last Friday and allegedly bought a high-speed train ticket to Nagoya, hundreds of kilometers from his Izumisano hotel.

Katsunobu Kato, chief secretary of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s cabinet, said police had launched a “total effort” to locate the athlete and on Tuesday afternoon he was found in Mie Prefecture.

An Osaka Police spokesperson told the Daily Beast that discussions are underway as to whether he will return to his team’s hotel.

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