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Tomita receives 1½-year ban from Japan Swimming Federation

Kyodo

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 ¥100,000). On the same day his ban was announced, Tomita’s employer, sports apparel manufacturer Descente Ltd., announced the swimmer had been dismissed.

Masafumi Izumi, the federation’s executive director, Koji Ueno, the federation’s standing director and national team manager Norimasa Hirai were censured for their lack of supervision.