Daiya Seto gained emancipation from the Japanese Swimming Federation. After Kosuke Kitajima, Kosuke Hagino and Ippei Watanabe, Seto is officially a professional athlete and will now be individually responsible for training camp and travel expenses.
In an Instagram post, Seto said: "I am grateful to the Japanese Swimming Federation for being recognized as a certified excluded athlete. I will spend every day with determination until the Paris Olympics. We will strengthen my performance by participating in competitions abroad.
I would like to cooperate with the Japan Swimming Federation so that we can contribute to the development and spread of swimming around the world. Thank you for your continued support. " Seto revealed to SwimSwam that he will split for training between the United States and Japan.
He was the first Asian in history to win a gold medal at the World Championships in the mixed, he was the reigning world champion in both the 200m and the 400m medley (a race he has won three times in his career, a record).
He is also the holder of the Asian record in the 200m medley and the world record in the 400m medley in short course. The Japanese Swimming Federation (JASF) suspended him for four months from October 14, 2020, also imposing on him the obligation to renounce the role of captain of the Olympic team, on the grounds of having violated the code of ethics, for having entertained an extramarital affair.
For the same reason, All Nippon Airways Co. Ltd. terminated the sponsorship relationship.
Jeanette Ottesen in her book: "I bullied Lotte Friis"
Jeanette Ottesen, 33, recounted in her book how she bullied together with other teammates Lotte Friis, the former multi-champion of middle distance, also an Olympic bronze medalist in the 800s behind Beijing 2008.
Jeannette admits that she continually targeted Lotte. She said: "Lotte had become a designated victim at that point, but she didn't take it even though we laughed at her. Now I am aware that there is indignation. But I say it as it is.
really proud to admit that I made these mistakes. " Lotte Friis was instead very annoyed by these statements: "From today I feel more exposed in Denmark than I have ever been before. It is my story to tell, not hers. With her need to tell what she perceives as a complete story of her own, Jeanette made sure my future children, co-workers and everyone else can read the story of the bullied victim Lotte forever."