Four Japanese basketball players suspected of paying prostitutes in Jakarta for sex were sent from the Asian Games in Indonesia, the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) said Monday.
The athletes were seen from Wednesday to Thursday at night in a warm district of Jakarta with national team jerseys, COJ said at a press conference in the Indonesian capital, and said that the four basketball players were asked to leave the country immediately return to Japan.
"I just feel a sense of shame. We offer our sincere apologies and intend to give detailed advice to athletes from now on.", said the head of the Japanese mission, Yasuhiro Yamashita.
Japanese basketball players had eaten in the city after leaving the Asian Games village in central Jakarta and reportedly being asked by street vendors to visit a hotel where women were, Yamashita said.
"I would like to offer my sincere apologies to the Japanese public, the COJ and all those who support basketball for this deplorable incident."said the president of the Japanese basketball association Yuko Mitsuya in a statement.
"We will decide on the correct penalty for the four players as soon as we are aware of all the facts. We need to do more to ensure that this kind of scandal does not happen again"he added.
The announcement of the resignation of the four basketball players – Yuga Nagayoshi, Takuya Hashimoto, Takuma Sato and Keita Imamura – is shameful for Japan, which was forced to swimmer a previous swimmer from the previous Asian Games in 2014 to Incheon, South Korea. send. . The Japanese swimmer Naoya Tomita was then deported after he was caught, supported video and stole a journalist's camera.