Daiya Seto of Japan, 2016 Olympic medalist and two-time world champion on the 2019 FINA World Aquatic Championships, has selected his return date to competitors from his 2020 suspension.
The 26-year-old world file holder has confirmed to SwimSwam at the moment that he will likely be competing on the 2021 Japan Open, a contest going down February 4th by means of February seventh on the newly-constructed Tokyo Aquatics Heart. That is the location of the pool swimming motion at this 12 months’s Olympic Video games.
Seto additionally confirmed to me at the moment he will likely be contesting the 200m IM, 400m IM and 200m fly, with the 4IM coming first on February 4th. This outing will symbolize Seto’s first race in over 5 months.
As a refresher on Seto’s non-sport-related suspension from competitors by the Japanese Swimming Federation (JASF), in September of 2020 Seto admitted to having an extramarital affair. This was deemed an ethics violation by the JASF, leading to Seto relinquishing his Olympic workforce captainship, in addition to his picture rights settlement with the Japanese Olympic Committee. You’ll be able to learn extra on the state of affairs here.
As such, Seto withdrew from final 12 months’s Japanese Quick Course Championships and was unable to compete as a member of the brand new Worldwide Swimming League (ISL) squad of the Tokyo Frog Kings.
Nonetheless capable of practice, nevertheless, Seto advised me that he’s nonetheless coaching underneath his buddy and coach Ryuichiro Ura, with whom he teamed up final spring.
Seto has already certified for the 2020 Olympic Video games by turning into Japan’s first-ever double IM World champion along with his 200m IM and 400m IM victories in Gwangju. These gold medal-worthy performances earned Seto an automated bid to compete at a home-based Olympic Video games; it nonetheless holds with the postponement in addition to regardless of the JASF ethics violation suspension.
Seto has stated previously he will likely be eyeing the 200m fly as a third particular person Olympic occasion and he can even most definitely be racing for an opportunity to compete on the lads’s 4x200m freestyle relay.