Seto, a bronze medalist on the 2016 Olympics, was suspended by the Japan Swimming Federation for reportedly violating the governing physique’s commonplace of sportsmanlike conduct. The suspension lasts till the top of the 12 months, Reuters and Japanese information businesses reported.
The 26-year-old will nonetheless be eligible to compete in subsequent 12 months’s postponed Tokyo Olympics.
He additionally resigned as captain of Japan’s nationwide swimming crew, in line with information company experiences, and has been requested to attend academic applications by the federation.
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The Japan Swimming Federation didn’t reply to CNN’s requests for remark.
“I take this disposition significantly and apologize as soon as once more to all of the folks involved and people who help me for inflicting bother over my habits,” mentioned Seto.
“I’ve been asking myself how I can apologize to the folks, however I believe my apology is to proceed to make efforts in swimming.
“I wish to significantly face swimming with dedication to start out over in order that I can regain the belief of my household who’ve been deeply harm by my irresponsible habits and be acknowledged as a swimmer by each my household and everybody. I am very sorry.”
Seto is the reigning world champion within the 400m and 200m particular person medley occasions.
He has additionally agreed to sever sponsorship ties with All Nippon Airways, in line with Reuters