Four Japan basketball players sent home after night out with women

20 Aug, 2018 11:10 am

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Japan have sent home four players from their men’s basketball team at the 18th Asian Games for spending the night in a Jakarta hotel with women, head of the delegation Yasuhiro Yamashita said on Monday.

Following their game on Thursday, the quartet left the athletes’ village to eat at a Japanese restaurant where they met an unidentified person and then checked into at a nearby hotel with the women, he said.

“The NOC (National Olympic Committee) Japan decided to withdraw their accreditation and send them back to Japan early this morning,” Yamashita told a news conference.

“This is a disciplinary issue and I apologise to all Japanese people and those who are supporting us. I’m determined to avoid this kind of disciplinary issues.”

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