Japanese Olympic star hit with $5000 Brazilian roaming charge

160804-kohei-uchimura-mdl_25dc253c12dfe1f4520cbcf44ffb63fb.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000A Japanese gymnast is regretting playing Pokemon Go while waiting for the Brazilian Olympics to start.

Artistic gymnast Kohei Uchimura, who won gold at the 2012 Games in London and is the reigning world champion, said he only downloaded the game after arriving in Sao Paulo to train for Rio, but quickly got hooked. He did not realise that he needed to arrange a flat rate for data roaming in Brazil and clocked up a $5,000 bill.

Uchimura “couldn’t believe his eyes” when he saw the bill, according to the Kyodo news agency, with teammate Kenzo Shirai saying “He looked dead at the team meal that day.” Even though Pokémon Go isn’t particularly heavy on data and there were likely other culprits.

The story has a happy ending, though — after Uchimura called his carrier to explain, he was let off with a flat daily charge of around $30. He must have about the only phone company in the world which was nice enough to let him off and must therefore be one of the luckiest men alive.