Olympics 2016

Japanese Olympian runs up €4,400 roaming bill playing Pokemon Go

Kohei Uchimura
Kohei Uchimura

Japanese Olympic gymnast Kohei Uchimura may be a record six-time world champion, but he will not be encountering much success in his Pokemon Go efforts after running up a huge roaming bill in Rio.

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

Fortunately 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.