Japanese swimmer Tomita suspended for camera theft
Oct. 30, 2014
TOKYO (AP) — The Japan Swimming Federation has suspended Naoya Tomita until March 31, 2016 after the swimmer was allegedly caught stealing a camera at the Asian Games.
Tomita initially admitted to stealing a camera left at poolside by a South Korean reporter on Sept. 25 at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.
He was caught by surveillance cameras putting the camera in his bag after watching his teammates practice. He paid a fine of about $1,000 and was forced to pay his own airfare back to Japan.
Since returning to Japan, Tomita has denied stealing the camera, saying that it was placed in his bag by someone else. He will hold a press conference on Nov. 6 in Nagoya.
The 25-year old finished fourth in the 100-meter breaststroke and failed to win a medal at Incheon.