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Who is Daiya Seto?
Daiya Seto is a short and long course world champion in butterfly, breaststroke, individual medley, and freestyle. Daiya Seto’s specialty, though, is individual medley and butterfly.
As a result, he has twice received the renowned Asian male swimmer of the year title.
Daiya means diamond in Japanese. Japanese Swimmer has often demonstrated that he is as bright as a diamond in the water.
Seto also won one Olympic bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Unfortunately, he reveals in 2020 that his adulterous affairs have caused him to be an outcast in Japan.
It sent his life into a tailspin, resulting in a precipitous decline. Despite this, he has not abandoned swimming.
He is currently competing for Japan in the Olympics in Tokyo. In this essay, we will look at Seto’s rise and collapse.
We’ll also talk about his childhood, relationships, and scandals. But first, some background information.
More Facts about Daiya Seto
|24th May 1994
|28 years old
|Moroyama Town, Iruma District, Saitama, Japan
|Moroyama, Saitama, Japan
|Saitama Sakae High School
|174 cm/ 5’8”
|72kg/ 159 lbs
|Two Daughters ( Yuwa and Nowa)
|Butterfly, Individual medley
|2013 (400m IM), 2015 (400m IM)
|One bronze (2016)
|51.89 (100m butterfly), 1:48.24 (200m butterfly short course)
|Energy Standard, JSS Moroyama
|Takayuki Umehara (club), Norimasa Hirai (National)
|Swimwear, Tokyo Olympics 2021
Daiya Seto’s Childhood and Family
Daiya Seto was born in Moroyama, Saitama, Japan on May 24, 1994.
There is little information available about his parents and siblings.
Similarly, he began swimming at the juvenile age of five.
In elementary school, he began competing in national swimming contests.
He learned both football and swimming as a child.
Swimming, however, became more appealing to him and he began to pursue it full-time.
Kosuke Hagino, a well-known swimmer, had been his opponent since they were children.
For the childhood friends, the globe adversary is not an arch-nemesis, but rather colleagues battling for a common goal.
In elementary school, the comrades first met at a summer national tournament.
Hagino, who was widely regarded as a “genius swimmer,” was trounced in the tournament.
Later, in the 400m individual medley, he defeated Haino. The cordial rivalry eventually turned into a friendship.
Both have progressed to become elite Japanese swimmers, yet their relationship remains unbroken.
Daiya Seto’s Relationships, Wife, and Children
Yuka Mabuchi is Daiya Seto’s wife.
Takahide Mabuchi’s daughter, Yuka Mabuchi, is a well-known diving coach.
Member of the diving committee of the Japan Swimming Federation.
Head Coach of the All Japan National Team. He was born and reared in China and is now a naturalized Japanese citizen.
Yuka was drawn to diving and swimming from a young age, following in her father’s footsteps.
Her first Hikomi (a popular Japanese diving competition) was when she was six years old.
She has numerous medals from interscholastic and national tournaments.
She did, however, proclaim her retirement after her marriage to Seto.
While she stated that marriage had no influence on her decision, Seto stated that she was weary of competing and desired something else for herself.
The couple met and fell in love at a swimming competition. On May 24, 2017, Seto announced their engagement on Instagram.
On October 1, that year, a lavish wedding reception was hosted at a Toko hall.
Yuwa, the couple’s first child, was born on June 26, 2018. They will have another daughter in March 2020.
Both birth announcements were made through social networking platforms.
Scandal Over Extramarital Affairs
On September 23, the Japanese news site ‘Daily Shinco’ published an article on the renowned swimmer, which shocked admirers.
Daiya Seto was seen with his fiancée in a specific hotel, and he was accused of having an extramarital affair.
Seto came forward the next day and admitted to the claims.
He then admitted to having an extramarital affair and apologized to his friends and family.
However, it was insufficient to bring the turmoil to a halt. According to reports, he had affairs with more than one woman.
Following the upheaval, sponsors and companies began to avoid Daiya. As a result, all of his adverts were removed.
Furthermore, his significant affiliation contract with All Nippon Airways was revoked because “he was no longer worthy of corporate image.”
Daiya Seto immediately told the JOC and the Japan Swimming Federation that he would resign the position of team captain for the Tokyo Olympics.
According to Japanese swimming officials, his acts broke the code of sportsmanship and hurt the federation’s reputation.
The Japanese swimming organization levied the following sanctions on Seto:
- Suspension of activities throughout the year, such as participation in official JSF events, training camps, and international tours.
- In the second half of 2020, the recommendation of a sports promotion fund subsidy will be suspended.
- Participation in the Future Japan Swimming Federation education program, the JOC integrity education program, the basic training program, and so on.
Needless to say, he was reviled by Japanese fans, the media, and the sports community.
On the other side, the public was taken aback to see an athlete handled harshly for non-criminal conduct such as infidelity.
According to Japanese citizens, Japan places a strong importance on family and ethics.
As a result, anyone who attempts to cross the line will almost certainly be severely punished.
Seto then remarked that he did not know how to apologize.
Furthermore, he claims that his apologies are to continue swimming and to regain his family’s trust.
Yuka has yet to speak out about the incident.
While he was barred from competing in the next national games, he was permitted to compete in the Tokyo Olympics and train privately.
He will also be required to complete the Japanese Olympic Committee’s ‘morality education as well as other courses.
Daiya Seto’s Professional Life
Daiya Seto won the 400m IM in the interschool championships three times in high school.
He nearly missed out on a spot in the London Olympics after finishing third in the Japan championships.
Despite the fact that he was just starting out in his career, failing the trials had a negative impact on him.
He sensed a loss of motivation, which was reflected in his latter performances.
He won four titles at the FiNa Istanbul five months later.
The outstanding swimmer won gold at the world short-course championships in 2012, 2014, and 2016.
Similarly, he holds world records in the 200m butterfly and 400m IM on the short course.
2020 Olympic Games
All swimming enthusiasts, including Seto, saw the Tokyo Olympics as his best chance for atonement.
Daiya Seto was the defending world champion in both the 200 and 400 IM and competed in three events at the Olympics, but only made it to the finals of the 200m IM.
He finished in 1.56.22, losing out on the bronze medal by 0.05 seconds.
It is not difficult to conclude that the events of the previous year had a significant impact on his performance.
For the time being, we can only wait and see how he manages to redeem himself and his career.
Daiya Seto: Social Media
Facebook page has 27k followers.
184.3k followers on Twitter
Daiya Seto’s Salary
Yuka has made a substantial sum of money as a successful competitive swimmer.
However, the upheaval caused by his indiscretions has resulted in several large brands terminating links with him, significantly reducing his net worth.
Nippon Airway, Japan’s largest airline, used to be his main sponsor.
After he won world championships, sponsorship offers began to come in.
However, he has lost most of them since last year.
His current net worth is estimated to be $1 million.