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Tokyo Olympics: Blow As Ugandan Weightlifter Set To Return Home

Ssekitoleko, trained by Hakim Ssempereza, was among the first batch of team Uganda that departed on 18th June to pitch Camp in Izumisano City.


Uganda’s medal hopes at the Tokyo Olympics have been delt with an early blow after weightlifter Julius Ssekitoleko was deemed enligiable to participate in the tournament.

The 20-year-old is set to return home early next week after he missed a slot in the 67kg weight category.

“Its absurd, we got the information late that Uganda had no quota for weight lifting yet ssekitoleko had already set off,” revealed Chef de mission Beatrice Ayikoru.

Ssekitoleko, trained by Hakim Ssempereza, was among the first batch of team Uganda that departed on 18th June to pitch Camp in Izumisano City.

He had joined the pending list waiting approval after his successfull campaign having won a bronze in 67kgs at the Africa weightlifting championships in Kenya Nairobi.

Ssekitoleko in Tokyo. Courtesy photo

Ssekitoleko is the latest Ugandan set to miss Olympics after long distance runner Stella Chesang pulled out due to personal reasons.

Ssekitoleko is among the five weightlifters that have already qualified for the 2022 Common wealth games to be held in Birmingham and his time spend in Izumisano city will help him as preparation for the commonwealth games.

Julius ssekitoleko together with Hakim ssempereza, Kalidi Batuusa, Irene Kasuubo were among Uganda’s team that competed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia from April 4 to April 15, 2018.

Ssekitoleko was among the Four athletes that competed at the 2019 All Africa gemes held in Rabat Morocco together with Davis Niyoyita, Hakim Musoke Ssempereza and Zubairi Kubo.

Only Zubairi Kubo won the bronze medals in all three men’s 96kg events.

Ssekitoleko in Japan

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