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Uganda Rugby 7s Player Vanishes In France


Ugandan Rugby player James Odongo has gone missing from the Uganda Rugby 7’s team camp currently in Monaco, France.

The national side under the stewardship of coach Tolbert Onyango flew to France on 12th June 2021 take part in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Repechage Qualification tournament from 18th-20th June, 2021.

But the team was unfortunate as it was banished out of the tournament after two of it’s members tested positive for Covid19 following mandatory screening.

However, Uganda Rugby Union has learnt James Odongo has been missing from the hotel room where the team had been put under isolation as a measure to control the spread of Covid19.

“James travelled on 16th June 2021 and on arrival they had to undergo a compulsory isolation in the designated tournament hotel. On completion of self-isolation on Saturday 19th June 2021, they were to undergo another Covid19 test at the venue outside the hotel, Odongo James did not turn up for the test and when the members returned to the hotel, he wasn’t in his room or hotel complex,” the communique released by URU reads in the part.

The Betway Kobs player is said to have dissappeared with all his travel documents including a valid Visa that expires on 26th June 2021.

The national rugby team has faced similar incidents in the past.

In 2017 the trio of Ramathan Govule, Brian Kikaawa and Fred Odur went missing from the team’s hotel during an invitation tournament in Germany.

In 2014 after the 2014 CommonWealth Games two players went missing after the event hosted in Glasgow, Scotland.


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