- Four Japanese basketball players have been kicked out of the Asian Games
- The sportsmen were busted by a journalist in a red-light district
- Japan will host the Olympics in 2020
Four Japanese basketball players have been disgracefully axed from the Asian Games team after paying prostitutes to spend the night with them in a Jakarta hotel.
The players were spotted by a local journalist fully donned in their Japanese-emblazoned jerseys in a red-light district looking to get serviced by streetwalkers.
The players decided to entertain the young ladies after their game against Qatar on Thursday, August 16.
According to Bloomberg, Japan's delegation head Yasuhiro Yamashita said the Japan Olympic Committee had decided to withdraw the players following the dishounourable act.
"The Japan Olympic Committee (JOC) decided to withdraw their accreditation and send them back to Japan early this morning," Yamashita said in a news conference.
The JOC identified the four athletes they had sent home as Takuya Hashimoto, Keita Imamura, Yuya Nagayoshi and Takuma Sato.
"They paid for the services of prostitutes," Yamashita told Japan's Kyodo news agency.
Yamashita said he was deeply ashamed by what the players had done saying the athletes were meant to be role models of society on and off the pitch.
"The athletes should be role models of society, not only in the sporting venues but also on other occasions," he said.
Japan will host the Olympics in two years time and they really cannot afford to have their image tainted at this point.
And the Asian nation never shies away from punishment when it comes to their athletes and those representing Japan on the international scene.
In 2014, swimmer Naoya Tomita was sent packing after surveillance picked her stealing a journalist's camera.
The Asian Games are currently underway in Jakarta with forty sports represented at the games that began on Saturday, August 18, and end on Sunday, September 2.
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