The Japan Swimming Federation on Tuesday suspended Naoya Tomita until March 31, 2016 for stealing a camera during the recent Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.
The 25-year-old swimmer admitted to stealing a camera owned by the Yonhap News Agency left at poolside in the press section by a South Korean reporter. He was kicked off the Japan team and paid a fine of 1 million won (about Â¥100,000). On the same day his ban was announced, Tomitaâ€™s employer, sports apparel manufacturer Descente Ltd., announced the swimmer had been dismissed.
Masafumi Izumi, the federationâ€™s executive director, Koji Ueno, the federationâ€™s standing director and national team manager Norimasa Hirai were censured for their lack of supervision.
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