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World champion swimmer Daiya Seto suspended following extramarital affair

October 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 25: Daiya Seto of Japan competes during the Men's 200m Butterfly Heats on day twelve of the Budapest 2017 FINA World Championships on July 25, 2017 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

Four-time swimming world champion Daiya Seto has vowed to "start over" after being suspended from the sport for having an extramarital affair.

(CNN)Four-time swimming world champion Daiya Seto has vowed to "start over" after being suspended from the sport for having an extramarital affair.

Seto, a bronze medalist at the 2016 Olympics, was suspended by the Japan Swimming Federation for reportedly violating the governing body's standard of sportsmanlike conduct.

The suspension lasts until the end of the year, Reuters and Japanese news agencies reported.

He also resigned as captain of Japan's national swimming team, according to news agency reports, and has been requested to attend educational programs by the federation.

The Japan Swimming Federation did not respond to CNN's requests for comment.

"I would like to seriously face swimming with determination to start over so that I can regain the trust of my family who have been deeply hurt by my irresponsible behavior and be recognized as a swimmer by both my family and everyone.

Seto is the reigning world champion in the 400m and 200m individual medley events.

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