Disgraced basketball players suspended

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An official takes a picture inside the Basketball Hall, inside the Gelora Bung Karno sports complex, ahead of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia August 7, 2018 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Picture taken August 7, 2018. REUTERS

TOKYO (Reuters) – Four players from the Japanese men’s basketball team have been handed 12-month bans by the Japan Basketball Association (JBA) after being sent home from the Asian Games in disgrace, Kyodo News reported yesterday.

Takuya Hashimoto, Keita Imamura, Yuya Nagayoshi and Takuma Sato were sent home from Jakarta on August 20 and had their accreditation withdrawn by the Japanese Olympic Committee after they were found to have spent the night with women in a Jakarta hotel.

The report said JBA President Yuko Mitsuya would incur a 10 percent pay cut for three months. It added that the JBA had announced the sanctions following a council meeting on Wednesday where the players gave an explanation of the incident.

The remaining eight players of Japan’s squad were beaten by Iran in the quarter-finals. They will face Indonesia tomorrow.

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