Updated With Comment: Daiya Seto Suspended For Remainder Of 2020

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October 13th, 2020 News

Following up on our report from earlier this morning regarding Japanese swimming superstar Daiya Seto, the 26-year-old has indeed been handed an ethics code violation punishment by his swimming federation.

As we detailed, Seto met with the formal ethics committee of the Japanese Swimming Federation (JASF) yesterday, October 12th. The topic of discussion was Seto’s JASF ethics violation incurred by way of 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.

Next steps involved the JASF holding an extraordinary managing board meeting today, October 13th to determine if there will be any further ramifications. And ramifications there are, as Seto has been sidelined for 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.

There is no official word on Seto’s participation in the International Swimming League (ISL) at this point. It’s unlikely that the JASF has jurisdiction over that non-Japanese national team league, but we will continue to try to validate. We have reached out to the JASF and Tokyo Frog Kings.

Update since original publishing: Daiya Seto‘s comment 

“We take this disposition seriously and apologize to all the people who have been impacted in my actions and to all who support us. How can I apologize? I’ve been asking myself if I can, but I think my apology is to continue swimming. Restoring the trust of my family, who have been deeply hurt by my irresponsible behavior. However, I would like to seriously face swimming with the determination to start over so that my family and everyone will recognize me as a swimmer again. I’m really sorry.” (Sports Hochi)

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7 months ago

That escalated quickly

7 months ago

I really wish all this things dont affect his swimming. He was on fire last year and it would be a real shame if he doesnt deliver at Tokyo

Reply to  mclovin96
7 months ago

Agreed! I hope he recovers from the weight and negativity of this to tear things up next summer.

That being said, I have.. probably an odd concern/hypothesis that some readers won’t like to hear. The relationship behaviors required to repair a marriage post-infidelity, as he is trying to do, could potentially correspond with a drop in testosterone levels (though not necessarily), which in theory would lead to decrease in swimming performance, vs. when how his body chemistry was when he was cheating. Thinking about this in a similar context to how testosterone levels tend to drop for fathers / new fathers, something that’s been well-researched. Maybe this happens because both situations require a new, higher level of gentleness, nurturing… Read more »

7 months ago

Okay I’ll bite, obviously he did a bad thing but what does that have to do with his swimming? I understood the captain thing because your teammates look up to but a suspension? Guess it’s just a different culture.

Reply to  Klorn8d
7 months ago

I believe Japanese swimming federation follows the code of conduct all athletes agreed to?

Reply to  Tomek
7 months ago

Yeah but shouldn’t that be things like “Respect curfew when you’re on a training camp/don’t sell your kit on eBay” rather than dictating what he does in his private life? It’s a bad thing, but I don’t know why swimming has to step into his home life (or his home life has to step into swimming, maybe).

Reply to  Swimmer
7 months ago

Most East Asian countries, Japan in particular, are notorious for having honor-based cultures. While such a response might be extreme in more liberal contexts like our own, I’d have a hard time believing this completely blindsided Seto.

Reply to  Daddy
7 months ago

Lol, no. Japanese businesmen are notorious cheaters when away from Japan. Not better, maybe even worse than men from other countries. Face saving is very important because of tight family and society relationships, but cheating is as rampant as anywhere else. Japanese just like to pretend they are better than anyone else.

Last edited 7 months ago by PsychoDad
Reply to  PsychoDad
7 months ago

As someone who used to work in Japan, I can say that Japanese people are notorious for cheating even when they’re in their home country.. I’m sure that there are guilty people among JASF and those who handed him this penalty.

Even if they didn’t suspend him, he’d still be expected to lay low and do some 反省 for a few months. Hopefully he’ll be back on his feet soon. Pool closures and Olympic postponement made him depressed, so I hope this doesn’t make him spiral downward.

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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