Games-Four Japan basketball players sent home after night out with women

Games-Four Japan basketball players sent home after night out with women
By Reuters

20/08/2018 at 05:43Updated 20/08/2018 at 05:45

JAKARTA, Aug 20 (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." (Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in Jakarta; editing by Peter Rutherford)

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