FINA ‘Told Park Tae-Hwan’ He Can Train During Doping Ban: Korean Media Report

Park Tae-Hwan earned his third and fourth gold medals of the Asian Champs - By Patrick B. Kraemer

Park Tae-Hwan, the Korean swimmer eight months into an 18-month ban for doping trained with his local club under an affiliated coach in Seoul this week after FINA, the International Swimming Federation, allowed him to do so, according to a report by the Yonyap news agency.

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Park Tae-Hwan, the Korean swimmer eight months into an 18-month ban for doping trained with his local club under an affiliated coach in Seoul this week after FINA, the International Swimming Federation, allowed him to do so, according to a report by the Yonyap news agency.

Comments

Viva la Bang

FINA do not care about drug use in swimming, this corruption has been going on for years, they just sweep everything under the carpet, move the goalposts whenever they feel like it, they have no respect from most of the swimming community.We need strong leaders who will fight for truth and honesty, and get the old senile leaders out of FINA

ApplesAndOranges

OK, so FINA allowed him to do something that WADA prohibited him from doing? Maybe they did it because Park found out that all of the others who were suspended were permitted by FINA to train.

This nonsense is confusing as there are way too many alphabet organizations out there.

AvantSwim

Continually shocking, but no longer surprising, the way FINA continues to defy their agreements with other agencies, as well as their own rule book.

At this point it would be more relieving, and less upsetting, if FINA just openly admitted their own autocratic powers and simply stated: “From now on we will do what we want; give inconsistent judgements; give our preferred swimmers cartes blanches to do as they will; abandon the fight against doping; abolish our relationship with WADA; and ban all coaching associations and swimmers’ committees.”

At least that would approach a modicum of honesty.

aswimfan

Of course they will have to let Park train.

They did let Yang and Efimova.

Bill Bell

I think judgment should be withheld until Park has hearing and a decision is rendered. But the point about Yang and Efimova and even Jesica being allowed to train while under suspension is telling. I don’ t know Park but he doesn’t strike me as the type of athlete who would deliberately violate anti- doping rules (at least I hope not!) so let’s give him the benefit of the doubt and a break until all the facts are in.

“just the facts, na’am, just the facts,” ad Sgt. Joe Friday always said.

Craig Lord

The facts are, Bill, that the decision on his case is in; the court case pending is against the doctor in Korean law, not in sports law and what has already been decided internationally; and the tweet of this story was retweeted by Park Tae-hwan, so it seems that he may indeed have asked and been given an answer that raises more questions. And those questions are for the folk who struggle with ‘negative’ questions: FINA.

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