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Star Japanese gymnast runs up huge Pokemon Go phone bill in Rio

Published 03/08/2016

Japan's Kohei Uchimura ran up a huge phone bill playing Pokemon Go (AP)
Japan's Kohei Uchimura ran up a huge phone bill playing Pokemon Go (AP)

Japanese Olympic gymnast Kohei Uchimura has run up a huge roaming bill in Rio playing Pokemon Go.

The record six-time world champion was stunned to receive a 500,000 yen (£3,700) mobile phone bill after playing the popular augmented-reality game, Kyodo news agency said.

Thankfully for him, his Japanese carrier service agreed to reduce his bill to a 3,000 yen (£22) daily all-you-can-use contract, Kyodo said.

Uchimura is the reigning gold medallist in the men's all-around competition and has said he is just as committed to a Japan team gold in Rio de Janeiro as he is to the personal title.

Nikkan Sports newspaper predicted "Uchimura may not get any Pokemon, but he will surely get gold" in Brazil.

AP

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