Park Tae-hwan Doping Hearing Delayed As Swimmer Faces Three-Year Suspension

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

The hearing into the doping case of South Korea’s Park Tae-hwan has been postponed. The Korea Swimming Federation (KSF) told Yonyap that FINA, the international governing body, has agreed to a delay to allow more time for the swimmer and his legal team to prepare for a case that could put paid to the 2008 Olympic champion’s career

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The hearing into the doping case of South Korea’s Park Tae-hwan has been postponed. The Korea Swimming Federation (KSF) told Yonyap that FINA, the international governing body, has agreed to a delay to allow more time for the swimmer and his legal team to prepare for a case that could put paid to the 2008 Olympic champion’s career

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felixdangerpants

Bye bye park

Viva la Bang

Get rid of the cheats and the associations that cover up these crimes!

Clive Rushton

…. and FINA still haven’t said when they knew about Sun Yang’s test results. Just saying.

aswimfan

It’s very sad whenever such a talented swimmer resorted to doping.

And yes, when are going to hear all about Sun Yang’s cover up?

Bad Anon

Park tested positive for the anabolic steroid testosterone. thats a very serious offence and a lengthy suspension is imminent. Marion Jones another high profile athlete never failed a drugs test but got stripped of her sydney medals on her own admission. while Park’s case is different the fact is he was found to have a banned substance in him and should incur the penalty.

AussieBob

What is better, the ‘tainted meat’ excuse or the ‘unofficial / inappropriate injection’??

He should just have a set and just fess up…. But in today’s world, the ‘I do not recall’ defense used by world leaders sets a fine example for others to follow….

Rant over 😎

Dave

The double standard here between Park and Sun is ridiculous. If Sun is allowed to swim in Rio and Park is banned, it will be a farce. As athletics and cycling have made clear, athletes from differing countries play by differing rules.

Craig Lord

Quite so, Dave, with regard to different standards being applied in different places

Bad Anon

Caesar Cielo also had a doping controversy in 2011 and got away with it. That always sets a precedent

Steve

On one level, the negotiating over punishment is like pattern bargaining in labor relations; once one major union receives a chit, the others will want a “chit plus” when there turn comes up.

In the end, little by little, “global” Zero Tolerance becomes 99%, 98%, 97%…

beachmouse

Compare and contract Cielo’s ‘punihment’ with USAS willing to upset the whole women’s Olympic team composition in 2008 in order to sanction Jessica Hardy for a similar positive test.

aswimfan

USAS is to be commended for their sanction over Hardy, but you mentioned in comparison with Cielo.

USA could afford to lose a Hardy, Brazil cannot afford to lose Cielo.

Craig Lord

aswimfan: not that the difference you paint should matter a jot

aswimfan

I did not say it mattered, just pointed out the facts because beachmouse mentioned Cielo and Hardy.

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