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Japanese Olympic gymnast runs up $5,000 phone bill playing Pokémon

Japanese gymnast Kohei Uchimura poses after winning his sixth world championship last year in Scotland.
Japanese gymnast Kohei Uchimura poses after winning his sixth world championship last year in Scotland. AP

For all the problems facing Rio de Janiero as it gets set to open the Olympics, athletes getting hammered for going over on their roaming phone data has flown under the radar.

Until now.

Kyodo News reports Japanese gymnast Kohei Uchimura racked up a $5,000-US roaming charge for downloading and then obsessively playing the popular Pokémon Go game upon arriving in Brazil.

According to Kyodo News, Uchimura – a favorite for Gold in the all-around competition – had never played the game before landing in Rio. Uchimura checked his bill, he was shocked to see the price. Because he hadn’t signed up for a special package for overseas data, Uchimura’s tab was for 500,000 yen.

In a cool move, Uchimura’s provider backdated his data plan and his big data bill was slashed.

“I really lucked out," Uchimura said.

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