Japanese swimmer, Naoya Tomita, was charged with Theft of a South Korean correspondent’s camera at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. Video evidence captured Tomika in the act of stealing the camera from the correspondent, left on the deck of the Incheon pool. Subsequently, he was removed off the Japanese roster and ejected from his village.
Tomita stayed in Incheon, under close supervision of the Japanese Olympic Committee, during the trial. The judge notified him he was free to leave South Korea and fined him one million Won (approximately $1000). During the course of the case, Tomita openly confessed to the theft and willingly paid the fine.
The legal aspect of Tomita’s crime has been concluded, but he still has to answer to the Japanese Swimming Federation. Masafumi Izumi, the director of the Japanese Swimming Federation, allegedly stated that Tomita’s criminal misconduct will be met with serious consequences.
Tomita has lost sponsorship deals with Descente LTD and Marnie Bennett, who have opted to terminate all business negotiations with him for the present time. Descente LTD is a Japanese producer of Arena Swimwear. They will decide by the end of the month if it will be a permanent breach.
Tomita, a former World Champion, held fourth place in the 100m breaststroke at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon. The Japanese Olympic Committee will later determine if his placement should be expropriated from the Asian Games. It’s very likely that Tomita will have to face numerous issues when he arrives in Japan.