Tokyo 2021: the missing Ugandan athlete has been found



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Tokyo 2021: the missing Ugandan athlete has been found

As reported by the Osaka prefecture police, Julius Sekitoleko was found after missing for a few days. The 20-years-old weightlifter had lost track upon his arrival in Japan: "I will not go back to Uganda because life is hard there," he wrote on the note left at the hotel.

Julius flew to Japan for only a few days. Arriving for the Olympics as one of nine members of his country's Olympic delegation, the weightlifter lost track last week after learning that he would not be able to participate in the Games due to a quota issue.

The disappearance was recorded in the retreat of the weightlifting team, in Isumizano, near Osaka. The only clue is the note left at the hotel: "I will not return to Uganda because life is hard there, I want to work in Japan.

Please send your luggage to my room to my family." According to Ashi Shimbun newspaper, in Yokkaichi, Mie prefecture, Sekitoleko was reportedly found by Osaka prefecture police. Witnesses had noticed him early on Friday at the town station, where he had boarded a train to Nagoya.

According to the police, Julius' flight to the South had continued in the prefecture of Gifu and subsequently in Mie, where thanks to video surveillance he was tracked safe. He was in the house of some acquaintances. The prospect that awaits him is the exact opposite of what he hoped for his future.

Tokyo Olimpics 2021: here is the program!

Everything is finally ready for the Tokyo Olympics 2021. The Olympic Games will be held from 23 July to 8 August, for a total of 17 days of competitions. It is the fourth time that Japan has hosted the sporting competition.

The first was 57 years ago, in 1964, followed by Sapporo 1972 and Nagano 1998, but in these two cases it was the Winter Games. The opening ceremony, in which athletes from all over the world will parade, is expected on July 23rd at the National Stadium in Tokyo.

There is a protocol to be respected that will end with the lighting of the Olympic brazier by a torchbearer who, for this year's edition, was to be 118-year-old Kane Tanaka. However, the oldest woman in the world has given up due to the increase in Covid infections in the area where she lives and, at the moment, it is not known who will replace her.

The schedule of the opening ceremony program normally includes references to the culture of the host country, while the countries are presented in alphabetical order first in English, then in French and then in their own language.

The only exceptions are for Greece, which parades first as the country where the Olympics were born, and for Japan which parades last as the host country. The Olympic torch is made up of 30% aluminum waste from the houses where the Japanese took refuge after the 2011 Fukushima earthquake.

The remaining 70% is in pink gold, a color that recalls the "sakura", the flower of Cherry tree. The path is symbolic and started right in Fukushima. Although the official start date of the Olympic Games is 23rd July, some tastings will also take place in the previous days: starting on 21 July, when the first softball and football matches will be played.

The competitions will begin on 23 July with archery and rowing. Most of the races will be held in Tokyo, with some exceptions in other areas of Japan. For example, to limit the effects of the heat, the march and marathon will be held in Sapporo, while the surfing competitions will be at Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach, 90 km from the Japanese capital.

The novelty of the XXXII edition of the Olympics is that five new disciplines will be added to the traditional ones of the competition: climbing, karate, baseball / softball, skateboarding and surfing. There should be 207 nations that will participate in the 2021 Olympic Games.

Absent will be Russia, deferred by the world anti-doping agency WADA in 2019 from world competitions for 4 years, and North Korea, officially for fear of infections from Covid-19.