Daiya Seto Vacates JPN Olympic Team Captain Post Over Affair

In a potential blow to the morale of Japanese Olympic swimming, World champion and Olympic medalist Daiya Seto has vacated his post as team captain.

It was recently revealed in Asian press and confirmed by 26-year-old Seto that the dad of two had engaged in an extramarital affair. The situation came to light last week, with Seto issuing a formal public apology.

On September 24th, Seto said in a statement released by his management company, “My careless act hurt my precious family and caused trouble and dismay for all my supporters, sponsoring companies and many other people.”

“With deep remorse, I would like to discuss with my family what to do next.”

Now The Japan Times is reporting that Seto visiting the Japan Swimming Federation (JASF) today, September 30th and submitted his resignation as captain for next year’s Olympic Games. He was nominated for the role in January of this year based on large part to his become Japan’s first-ever double IM World champion with his 200m IM and 400m IM victories in Gwangju. Those gold medal-worthy performances earned the man an automatic bid to compete at a home-based Olympic Games; it still holds with the postponement as well.

Regarding his team captain resignation, a federation executive told The Japan TimesSeto said, “I’m very sorry. I want to do my best to restore peoples’ trust, so I ask for your continuing support in this effort.”

Seto’s decision is set to be reviewed at a JASF Executive Board meeting scheduled for October 6th.

Seto also relinquished his image-rights agreement with the Japanese Olympic Committee, as well as severed his ties with corporate sponsor All Nippon Airways Co. (AN), per the airline’s request. (The Japan Times).

“We have been supporting Seto, but this problem does not fit with the image our company hopes to project,” the company said through a communications officer.

Coming off of a red-hot year of breaking records and taking names in the pool, Seto was primed to be on top of the world at a Tokyo Olympic Games. With the postponement of the Olympics to next year due to the coronavirus pandemic brought intense feelings of sadness and despair for Seto who in April said, “I couldn’t think of anything positive to say because I had dedicated myself so much to the Tokyo Olympics. When the postponement was announced I was left with a gaping hole I couldn’t fill – I was empty.

“There was no way I could bring myself to talk about next year and honestly, I’m still struggling to pick up the pieces and regroup.”

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Virtus
11 months ago

Wow he was becoming my favorite swimmer too. What’s with IM flyers making bad choices 😔

austinpoolboy
Reply to  Virtus
11 months ago

naybe IMers like (too much) variety??

torchbearer
Reply to  austinpoolboy
11 months ago

Yes, stroking too many backs and breasts freely!

Markster
11 months ago

Poor guy be more careful next time

Scoobysnak
Reply to  Markster
11 months ago

Or maybe like…don’t cheat on your spouse?

Markster
11 months ago

This is why you dont get married at a young age especially when youre a star athlete who can get all the action you want. The world will unfortunately attack you when you act on your natural reproductive instincts.

Dee
Reply to  Markster
11 months ago

“The dad of two” – I think his “reproductive instincts” were satisfied.

I feel sorry his wife and children; Affairs are awful for any family, but I couldn’t begin to imagine what it’s like with every detail documented in national media from now until eternity.

Last edited 11 months ago by Dee
toastedcoconut
Reply to  Markster
11 months ago

the fact that people are liking this comment is genuinely scary -_-

Jason Zajonc
Reply to  toastedcoconut
11 months ago

Right. Is this really swim news? Let’s stick to swimming…I feel bad for everyone involved but maybe it should be a private matter.

Admin
Reply to  Jason Zajonc
11 months ago

Hi Jason,

We actually ignored this story for about a week and a half.

When it cost him his captainship of the Olympic Team, it became swim news.

jvog88
Reply to  Braden Keith
11 months ago

Thanks, Braden. I think you had the right approach, and appreciate how you manage stories in general.

Dan
11 months ago

Maybe not the right article for this post, but wonder how many college athletes that want to use their name recognition to make money will end up in situations like this over any number of moral or ethical behavior?

Mega
Reply to  Dan
11 months ago

I would argue now that college athletes DO face the consequences, just don’t reap the benefits. Remember Manti Teo, the notre dame Heisman candidate with the fake girlfriend fiasco?

Drewbrewsbeer
11 months ago

At least its still considered scandalous behavior. For pro athletes in other sports its a non-story.

Thezwimmer
Reply to  Drewbrewsbeer
11 months ago

*cough* NFL *cough*

DMacNCheez
Reply to  Drewbrewsbeer
11 months ago

I think it’s let’s to do with the sport than the country

Dan
Reply to  DMacNCheez
11 months ago

less or let’s?
Agree that it is more with the countries/culture than being an athletic star

thezwimmer
Reply to  Dan
11 months ago

Maybe in the USA we should value marriage and fidelity… What a radical concept.

Taa
Reply to  thezwimmer
11 months ago

What is wrong with freedom of choice?

BKP
Reply to  Taa
11 months ago

You made the choice when you made your vows

Maureen
Reply to  thezwimmer
11 months ago

👍👍👍👍👍

Maureen
Reply to  Drewbrewsbeer
11 months ago

Right! I actually am glad this kind of behaviour is shunned in Japan and he is being held accountable. What would the NBA be like with this conduct code, lmao, not many teams would have players to play.

Eugene
11 months ago

Why should swimmer’s personal life be a subject for discussions in media? We don’t know the situation so why judge him? Dude as long as you are doping-free you don’t have to apologize, no matter what the rest of the world says. Personal life should be personal.

Casas 100 back gold in Tokyo
Reply to  Eugene
11 months ago

I don’t know if it’s a cultural thing, but in Japan, extramarital is as scandalous as doping. He’s not considered as hero and role model anymore by the Japanese public.

jvog88
Reply to  Eugene
11 months ago

Agreed with most of this. I don’t think it’s any of our business whether an athlete is a faithful spouse or not. But the cultural differences between Japan and US are complex, with shame being such a highlighted negative emotion there and their people are generally more socially conservative. Interesting that this is such a public scenario though, affecting his sponsorships, captain status, etc. and he evidently has to make a public apology for a mistake in his personal life. I feel bad for his family, him, and everyone involved.

In the US, my guess is the same situation would remain private or just be tabloid rumor, even if it happened in US swimming, which is still fairly socially conservative… Read more »

Last edited 11 months ago by jvog88
Paul F Lauro
Reply to  Eugene
11 months ago

given the debate last night I admire Japan for holding their “heroes” to a higher standard.

Last edited 11 months ago by Paul F Lauro
Corn Pop
Reply to  Paul F Lauro
11 months ago

That is the best the USA has. Donald vs Chris & some other guy looking baffled .

Maureen
Reply to  Paul F Lauro
11 months ago

Ditto 👍

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Eugene
11 months ago

Seto, attired in a cap, shorts and a t-shirt, then accompanies the woman into a love hotel, priced at 4,600 yen.” Love hotel. Sounds quaint.

Maureen
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
11 months ago

Then he ran to pick his daughter up at playschool. Great guy

Guerra
11 months ago

It was an “under the covers” operation…

sscommentor
Reply to  Guerra
11 months ago

this joke sucks

Eisenhiem
11 months ago

The girl made him do it it wasn’t his fault. No one could have resisted it.

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