Rio 2016: Kohei Uchimura gets £3,700 Pokemon Go bill
August 15, 2016, 12:12 pm   |   Source: BBC  

Olympic gymnast Kohei Uchimura racked up a £3,700 mobile phone bill playing Pokemon Go in Rio.

The 27-year-old Japanese, who won all-around gold at London 2012, incurred data roaming charges playing the augmented reality game after arriving in Brazil for this month`s Games.

After receiving the bill, Uchimura "looked dead at the team meal that day", team-mate Kenzo Shirai said.

However, his phone company has agreed to let him pay a daily flat rate.

It means Uchimura, who is favourite to retain his title, will be charged 3000 yen (£22) per day for mobile use abroad instead of the 500,000 yen (£3,700) he thought he would have to pay.

"I really lucked out," the six-time all-around world champion told Japan`s Kyodo news agency.

Pokemon Go has become a global phenomenon since its launch last month.


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