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Olympic swimmer Koseki assaulted teammate during training in Spain: sources

Yasuhiro Koseki (Mainichi)

Yasuhiro Koseki, a member of Japan's national swimming team, assaulted a fellow male athlete during the team's training camp in Spain from November to December last year, sources familiar with the matter disclosed on Jan. 11.

    According to Miki House Co., to which Koseki belongs, the 25-year-old swimmer hit the 23-year-old victim in the abdomen and chin after becoming enraged because the younger teammate played soccer after a training session and turned up late for the cooking duty they were supposed to do together.

    The victim, whose name has been withheld, felt that something was wrong with his chin and went to a hospital for an examination, but his bone was not broken.

    Koseki apologized to the victim and was reconciled with him. Miki House, however, punished Koseki by forcing him out of swimming competitions and national team activities and cutting his salary until the end of March this year.

    Koseki participated in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and placed fifth in the 200-meter breaststroke. The swimmer won a silver medal in the 200-meter breaststroke at last year's world championships.

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