Domestic Rules Endanger Park Tae Hwan Swimming Career On FINA 18-Month Ban

Park Tae-hwan [Photo: Patrick B. Kraemer]

Park Tae-Hwan, the Korean 2008 Olympic 400m freestyle champion and the first from his country ever to reach the highest step on the podium in Games history, has been suspended for 18 months

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Park Tae-Hwan, the Korean 2008 Olympic 400m freestyle champion and the first from his country ever to reach the highest step on the podium in Games history, has been suspended for 18 months

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Bill Bell

If the South Korean Fed is firm in its decision to not let him swim at Rio ( or maybe it’s the South Korean Olympic committee?)…in any event could he appeal to the Court for Arbitration in Sport ( CAS) and vould they overturn ban?

Dottore Battistello

To rewrite the Asian Games results. (21-26 Sept. 2014)… Park was ranked in the 100/200/400/1500 free as well as in the 3 relays…. 🙁
6 medals + 1x4th [happy teammates loose their bronze medals…]
He was not in Doha (scFINA World’s)

Craig Lord

Bill – yes, CAS would be the next port of call if it came to that and if a Korean athlete wanted to challenge domestic rules.

Chris

Think he would have a chance if he can prove that it was an accident and that there is a witness to prove that he asked that substance injected was legal. If so I think that the CAS may rule in his favour, I even think that the 18 month ban is unduly harsh if his version of events is true.

LucyLovesWater

Whilst I support the harshest of suspensions for any athlete who uses banned substances, my heart goes out to Park if what he says is true.
He is not like those athletes who test positive after using ‘tainted supplements’. They are knowingly seeking some type of edge using a combination of elements which they hope are legal. They should know better in my opinion.
Park however appears to have taken all steps to ensure his hospital treatment did not breach WADA code; he was not seeking an ongoing edge; and he was misled by a doctor.
I wish him all the best should he choose to appeal to CAS.
I must point out that my opinion is based on his story being true. Perhaps I am naive in accepting his word at face value.

pol

I’m sure the Korean fed will allow him to swim. *rolleyes*.

Craig Lord

I think, pol,the decision is not their’s to make: Korean Olympic Committee is the body that will decide – and they may have to wait until after appeals to CAS and the verdict of any legal action against the doctor at the centre of the case.

felixdangerpants

I always find it amusing how star swimmers get bans that always end just before major competitions. Good old Fina doesn’t want to be missing it’s high profile swimmers.

Blah

” my heart goes out to Park if what he says is true.”

LOL

beachmouse

I so very hate the whole ‘But he should not be held liable or should serve a lesser ban if he says it was accidental” Strict liability has to remain in place about what’s in an athlete’s body lest we not bother with anti-doping altogether.

Doping is fundamentally a lie- you sign a paper saying you will comply with WADA anti-doping policy, and then you don’t. If you’re already lying about that, then it’s likely pretty easy to find someone willing to also lie for you. (In some cases, it’s your own federation giving you ‘vitamin shots’. I feel for a lot of the DDR victims, especially those who now have chronic health problems because of the drugs, but they should all be stricken from the record books) In sports where enough money is involved like cycling, there are a hundred Michele Ferraris out there who would gladly take money and sign a piece of paper saying you’re getting your vitamin shot when you’ve agreed with him beforehand that it will be EPO or testosterone or today’s steroid of choice.

Look at how many lies Armstrong told about being clean and how long it took to for some courageous people to come forward and fight his lies.

Craig Lord

Good points that apply to the general theme of anti-doping and have relevance to many cases across many sports, beachmouse

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