Being an athlete is not only about upholding professionalism or achievement, but also about how to maintain an attitude in everyday life. The reason is, an athlete is considered a public figure.
In Japan itself, the daily life of an athlete is highly highlighted. Like what happened to Daiya Seto recently. The Japanese swimmer has been suspended for the next year by the Japan Swimming Federation (JASF) for cheating.
It all started last month, when Seto, who was only 26 years old, was caught at a hotel with a woman who was not his wife.
Obviously Seto’s attitude caused controversy, because he was actually married and had two daughters.
Seto is known to have apologized for his actions and he has also resigned as captain of the Japanese Swimming Team for the upcoming Olympics.
However, JASF continued to impose sanctions on Seto, where they issued a new decision on Wednesday (14/10). In this decision, the JASF imposed a suspension of sanctions on Seto until the end of 2020.
In other words, Seto will still be allowed to defend the Japanese Swimming Team at the upcoming 2021 Olympics.
In fact, Seto is very accomplished in his field, he even won two gold medals at the World Swimming Championship in Gwangju in July 2019. At that time, he won in the 200 meter individual change and 400 meter individual change.
Likewise at the 2018 Asian Games which took place in Jakarta, Seto became the mainstay of Japan, winning two gold medals in the 200m butterfly style and 400m individual changing styles.
Japan is very strict about the attitudes of their athletes, and Seto is not the first to be severely punished for his attitude in daily life.
Previously, badminton athlete Kento Momota was convicted in 2016 because he was caught visiting an illegal casino in Tokyo, making him miss the 2016 Rio Olympics.
In fact, at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, at least four Japanese basketball players were sent home because they were caught visiting prostitution places.