Japanese Basketball Team and Japan’s Olympic Committee announced on Monday the expulsion of four athletes from the 18 Asian Games hosted by the Indonesian capital of Jakarta and the city of Palembang and sent back to their country for prostitution. The four athletes spent Wednesday night in a well-known prostitution district in their official national basketball uniforms, a press conference held by the Japanese Olympic Committee in the Indonesian capital, saying they had asked the four players to leave Indonesia immediately and return to Japan.
“We are very sorry, and we intend to give athletes detailed advice from now on,” Yasuhiro Yamashita, head of the Japanese mission, told the session.
The four basketball players ate dinner in Jakarta after leaving the Olympic Village for athletes participating in the Games in the center of the Indonesian capital and, according to Yamashita, went to a hotel to meet girl prostitutes, following instructions from people on the street.
“I apologize to the Japanese people, the Japanese Olympic Committee and all those who support Japanese Basketball Team for this unfortunate incident,” JFA President Yoko Mitsuya said in a statement.
“We will take the appropriate punishment against the four players after we have seen all the details of the case, we need to do more to ensure that this kind of scandals is not repeated.”
The removal of the four basketball players – Yoya Nagayoshi, Takuya Hashimoto, Tacoma Sato and Keita Imamura – would embarrass Japan, who had previously been forced to oust swimmer Nayoma Tomita from the 2014 Asian Games in South Korea after being caught with a secret video camera. He steals a reporter’s camera.
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