Powerhouse Daiya Seto Officially Out Of ISL Season 2

Although the Tokyo Frog Kings have a bye week to start season 2 of the International Swimming League (ISL), the new squad is making headlines by way of one of its biggest scorers dropping off the roster.

SwimSwam has received confirmation that 26-year-old world record holder Daiya Seto is no longer participating in the ISL this season due to his ethics code suspension handed down yesterday by the Japanese Swimming Federation (JASF).

As we detailed, Seto met with the formal ethics committee of the JASF regarding his extramarital affair, a situation to which the world record holder admitted to and apologized for last month.

Swimming-related fallout from the personal event already included the double gold medalist from the 2019 FINA World Aquatic Championships submitting his request to be removed as captain of the Japanese Olympic swimming team. Seto’s request was granted.

Additionally, Seto withdrew from the Japan Short Course Swimming Championships, which are slated to take place this weekend.

At the JASF extraordinary managing board meeting today, October 13th Seto was handed a suspension spanning the remainder of the 2020 calendar year in terms of Japanese team competitions, camps and training. (Kyodo)

This means that Seto will be unable to compete at the Japan Swim this December, postponed originally from its April timeline due to the coronavirus pandemic. The meet, however, is not a selection meet.

The board did confirm that Seto’s qualification for the 2020 Olympic Games by way of his 200m IM/400m IM double gold in Gwangju at last year’s World Championships remains intact.

However, the suspension includes all international meets, including as a member of Tokyo Frog Kings, as JASF Secretary-General Yujiro Ishii confirmed to SwimSwam.

“Please be informed that Mr.Daiya SETO could not participate in foreign countries competition include ISL in this year.”

Seto’s absence for the Tokyo Frog Kings’ inaugural ISL season deals a big-time blow to the Kosuke Kitajima-run outfit. Seto won the league title with Energy Standard last year, though he only competed in one meet: the league finale. Seto was a huge contributor there, though, winning the 200 IM, 400 IM and 200 fly for Energy Standard.

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SwimmerfromCali
9 months ago

F (input is too short)

leisurely1:29
9 months ago

Called it 🤷‍♀️

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  leisurely1:29
9 months ago

You did.

Swimreason
9 months ago

Seto has been suspended for committing adultery? JASF are setting some sort of world record in stupidity, if you ask me….

SURELY, this is a joke?

swimfan210_
Reply to  Swimreason
9 months ago

It’s Japanese culture, they have very high moral standards

Swimreason
Reply to  swimfan210_
9 months ago

High moral standards? Haha…

I have lived in Japan for eight years. Do you need a detailed description of how high their moral standards are when it comes to extramarital relations with prostitutes (in Japan, the sexual relationships paid for are called ‘enko”)? More or less every business transaction requires a half dozen visits to the local nudy bar as well as a sneak away with a young talent, all paid for by one of the parties.

This whole affair makes me believe the woman in question is married to one of the JASF board members.

Ikee Fan
Reply to  Swimreason
9 months ago

I have lived in Japan and USA half and half. That is not the statement for all. Maybe a partial community. Definitely not for all business.

DravenOP
Reply to  swimfan210_
9 months ago

On the outside it may seem like it, but spending ~15 months there for work made me quickly learn otherwise.

Troyy
Reply to  DravenOP
9 months ago

Maybe they just tear down public figures in order to feel better about their on transgressions.

Corn Pop
Reply to  Troyy
9 months ago

Have you read the 1st tenet of Shinto? Do no t dishonour the family. Japan can bring any other Shinto edict in whenever they like . Their land , their sport, their citizen .

Troyy
Reply to  Corn Pop
9 months ago

No culture or religion is above being criticised.

Troyy
9 months ago

In a way destroying Seto’s career like this also has financial ramifications for his wife (assuming they remain together) so the victim is basically being punished as well. Just another example of why honour cultures belong in the past.

swimfan210_
9 months ago

Feel sorry for him and his family, they must be in a hard position right now. The Frog Kings definitely took a blow, but still a deep team and I know Swimswam will still be cheering for them. I now understand that Japan has very high moral standards, and we can’t be mad at their culture.

Anonymoose
Reply to  swimfan210_
9 months ago

we can not? because? culture shouldnt be unjudgeable (sorry if thats not a word)

Togger
9 months ago

Wow, I hope it was the lay of his life to be worth this.

Swimdaughterparent
9 months ago

Wow.
This decision has ramifications that are difficult to comprehend. First of all, there are no swimming rules that cover adultery or moral misconduct. The rules clearly state that you can’t do drugs and you’re not allowed to cheat (no pun intended!) as well as restrict commercial aspects, but that’s pretty much it. As such, FINA should overrule the JASF decision to suspend Seto from FINA sanctioned events.

Swimming governance should be restricted to swimming. It cannot, for apparent reasons, be allowed to make arbitrary decisions and hand out morally based punishments. I think we’re all in agreement that sport should be above religious beliefs, perceived racial indifferences as well as abstract and subjective morality unless it is directly… Read more »

Blackflag82
Reply to  Swimdaughterparent
9 months ago

Your comparisons are enormously flawed- being suspended for an action (regardless of your views of said action) is drastically different from being banned on a biological basis or belief basis. But that aside it’s not FINA’s call, it’s JASF’s…if Japan says he can’t swim in certain meets or receive national funding for a certain period of time, there’s not a lot FINA can do. I think it would be more problematic if FINA started interceding in a country’s workings on behalf of an individual swimmer.

Swimdaughterparent
Reply to  Blackflag82
9 months ago

What’s the difference? The key issue here is that Seto hasn’t done anything illegal, not even by Japanese standards (judicial precedent), so your argument “action” is invalid; he should be able to do whatever he wants without being subjected to prejudice authority as long as he is within remits of the law. Let me clarify this again; Seto is NOT being suspended for something he DID, he is being suspended because of someone else’s prejudice, which falls under the exact same sick category as discriminating someone based on the colour of their skin or sexual orientation.

What JASF have done is to exercise authority based on subjective beliefs and they have extended that authority to reach outside its jurisdiction. If… Read more »

Blackflag82
Reply to  Swimdaughterparent
9 months ago

First off, I think the sanctions against Seto are dumb. I’m not defending them, and I think we’re in agreement there.

But this:

“Seto is NOT being suspended for something he DID, he is being suspended because of someone else’s prejudice” – Unless you’re arguing that Seto would have be suspended if he had not had an affair, then this statement is just wrong. I’m not arguing the decision has no prejudice behind it (most laws and rules do), but it’s simply a fact that if Seto had not had an affair this chain of events would not be happening.

And if you can’t see a difference between a rule that punishes someone for something they did rather than… Read more »

Swimdaughterparent
Reply to  Blackflag82
9 months ago

There IS no rule that punishes Seto. That’s my point…

Corn Pop
Reply to  Swimdaughterparent
9 months ago

Lighten up Francene , It is really none of your business.

jvog88
Reply to  Swimdaughterparent
9 months ago

You won me over when you mentioned the research on BMV drivers. 🙂 I knew it!

Olympian
9 months ago

Better ask that motel for a refund

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