Embattled Ugandan Weightlifter Julius Ssekitoleko is staring down the barrel of a life ban from the sport of Local Weightlifting, according to Uganda Weightlifting President Salim Musoke Ssenkungu.
The muscle man vanished from Team Uganda training camp in Japan with the intention of finding better life in Japan.
However, he resurfaced four days later handing himself to the authorities in Japan.
The news of Ssekitoleko’s hullabaloo has thrust Team Uganda in the limelight, of course for wrong reasons, at the delayed games.
The Uganda Embassy in Tokyo confirmed it was trying to arrange a flight back to Uganda for Ssekitoleko as early as Wednesday.
The saga has left the Custodians of the sport seething.
“We were so disappointed as the federation and the only option we are remaining with at hand as a federation is to ban Ssekitoleko from representing Uganda again”.
“Athletes disappearing is not good for my country,” Mr. Musoke adds.
Lady luck didn’t smile for Ssekitoleko?
Two weightlifters Irene Kasuubo and Khalid Batuusa disappeared during the 2018 CommonWealth Games in sydney Australia.
The vanishing of athletes is well scripted from way back when the likes of World Champion Kassim Ouma, Sharif Bogere among others went AWOL, and the vice has been on the rise in recent years.
Two Ugandan rugby sevens players, Benon Kizza and Philip Pariyo, went missing after 2014 Glasgow CommonWealth games.
In 2017 three boxers that had represented Uganda in the world boxing Championship in Germany led by Muzamir Kakande(King Kong), David Ayiti and Geofrey Kakeeto also disappeared in Germany.
Also Three Ugandan rugby national team players went missing in Germany at the end of a three-day 12-nation tournament which the Rugby Cranes finished 10th.
The trio of Ramathan Govule, Brian Kikaawa and Fred Odur – were not found at the team’s hotel.
Also five athletes went missing after the 2018 common wealth games including Boxers Bashir Nasir and Regarn Simbwa and table tennis player Halima Nambozo vanished together with the two weighlifters Irene Kasuubo and Khalid Batuusa.
She Cranes player Halima Nakachwa as well vanished in the 2019 Worldcup in Liverpool England.