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PHOTOS: Ugandan athlete Julius Ssekitoleko who fled pre-Olympics camp in Japan deported

ENTEBBE — Julius Ssekitoleko, a Ugandan weightlifter who went missing from the Olympic village facilities in Izumisano City, Japan has been deported.

Mr. Ssekitoleko fled the Team Uganda camp during pre-Olympics training in western Japan but was tracked down in Mie Prefecture on 20th July 2021.

He was accused of violating the Code of Conduct which each member of the Team pledged to abide by.

This was signed by the Uganda Olympic Council (UOC), Tokyo 2020 and National Council of Sports. Sections (13) and (15) under part 2 are particularly illustrative of what was expected.

Not only had he committed to returning to Uganda but he had also pledged to honour the Country, his Team, and the Olympic Games


Ssekitoleko was seen off at the Airport by officials of the Ugandan Embassy and Japanese Immigration Authorities who ensured his safe and orderly passage out of Japan.

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, he was received by officials from Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Education and Sports.

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