Japanese swimmer Naoya Tomita has been hit with an 18-month ban after he was caught stealing a journalist’s camera at the Asian Games.
Tomita took the camera, valued at about $7500, from a South Korean photojournalist at the Asian Games a few weeks ago. He later admitted to stealing the camera and was fined one million won before he could leave the country and return to Japan.
Now, according to Reuters, the Japanese swimming federation has decided to suspend Tomita for the next year and a half, with his ban ending in March of 2016.
That suspension takes the former world champ out of the running for next summer’s Worlds, and would only return his eligibility shortly before Japan’s Trials for the 2016 Olympic Games. Japanese Olympic Trials were held in early April in 2012.
The Japan Olympic Committee settled on the suspension this week, and also handed down stern reprimands to the the chief of Japan’s delegation at the Asian Games along with two other delegation officials.