Dr. Kim Pleads Not Guilty, Says Banned Park Tae-Hwan Was Told To Check The WADA Code

Park Tae Hwan faced the media at his public apology in Seoul [TV still] last year

The South Korean doctor who administered injections that caused 2008 Olympic champion Park Tae-hwan to fail an anti-doping test is innocent and has be made a scapegoat, her lawyer argued in court yesterday. Further, the doctor alleged that Park was told to check the WADA Code before being injected with a substance that contained testosterone

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The South Korean doctor who administered injections that caused 2008 Olympic champion Park Tae-hwan to fail an anti-doping test is innocent and has be made a scapegoat, her lawyer argued in court yesterday. Further, the doctor alleged that Park was told to check the WADA Code before being injected with a substance that contained testosterone



And the plot thickens….


It seems one of them is not telling the whole truth. I would expect him and the KOR federation to be much more professional. C’mon guys, this is an Olympic champion. Are we supposed to believe this? I don’t.


I don’t believe Park.

Just as I don’t believe Yang, Efimova, Herasimenia, Cielo and the Brazilian coffee binging gang, Hardy, Mellouli, Ning, etc etc etc


Aswimfan – Amen to that.


test samples from London 2012 ! SO wrong


Aswimfan, is there any scope for an athlete making a stupid, accidental mistake – or do you believe it would be impossible for that to happen to a clean elite swimmer?


Aww, you Austrlians with your obsession for following the rules! The poor kid had talent but was a little scrawny; why should he let a congenital problem like low-T stop him from fame and Olympic glory when all he needed was a little chemical enhancement? 😉

Seriously, this has got to be the most obvious case of cheating I’ve ever heard about. The defense might as well be written on swiss cheese it has so many holes in it! LOL! If Park had back pain, why would the doc inject a long-acting esther of testosterone as treatment? For that matter, why would he inject “vitamins” as treatment? In fact, why would they be checking his T levels at all if they were treating him for back pain?!

In some cases where there are positive drug tests “reasonable doubt” can be established. This is not one of them, IMO. The worst part of the whole affair is that he will actually be eligible to swim in Rio. If he wins any medals in that Olympics you’ll have to dress me in a straight-jacket and put me in a rubber room!


Dan, if your Australian crack was pointed at “aswimfan” then you’ve misfired your bullet. This poster is NOT Australian; I believe they’re Indonesian.

Otherwise, I do agree with you that there ARE legitimate ‘inadvertant’ infractions and legitimate cases for reasonable doubt can be established.

With regards to this case; there are just too many holes in the Park defence.

Why did he sought medical attention from someone who is not his regular practitioner or a licenced sports medical practitioner ?

If this has taken place in a public clinic or hospital then the universal protocol is that there should be clinical notes with regards to what was administered & what dosage and any directions etc from the patient. These records can easily be “subpoenaed” as evidence. Even with a standard doctor’s consultation; there will be notes taken and made on the patients file with regards to any prescriptions/referrals/treatments administered. Again, these can be subpoenaed.


aswimfan, I also disbelieve many of the names you mention with the exception of Mellouli, who confessed to taking Adderall immediately, then served an 18 month sentence without complaint. In 2007, unlike now, it was FINA who brought Mellouli to CAS, seeking 2 years (where is the fervor these days?)

This doping offense is up there with marijuana in my eyes: the limited performance-enhancing effects of the drug, and the amount recorded in his system, were key concessions CAS had to make at the hearing.



I am an Indonesian 🙂
I’ve lived for a number of years in Australia though, which should explain my affinity to the country (I’ve also lived in USA and western europe as well, but shorter time)

I do believe that there is any scope for an athlete making a stupid, accidental mistake, but how do I know which one is which?

And some “less serious” banned substances like adderall (mellouli) and furosemide (cielo et al) have been used by athletes as masking agents, and that’s a reason why they’re on ban list.


Hold on! I wasn’t taking a crack at Australians! I sincerely believe that they are vehemently against doping (unlike certain other countries) And I wasn’t poking fun at Aswimfan either; although as I suggested, I think I’m a bit more willing to believe that some athletes’ explanations re: positive drug tests than he is. Note to self: you are not good at making jokes!


I believe Hardy because as Craig Lord has pointed out the stuff was not on the packet. Hence contamination so you got that one wrong.


Can you supply evidence that Adderall has been used as a masking agent? I looked: can’t find it. I understand it is in the stimulant classification.

Rain Maker

In this groups opinion, is there a case where someone took a banned substance innocently? Aswimfan casts them all out as cheaters…some give others the benefit of the doubt.

It is hard to believe them these days given the scrutiny that is placed on the results.


Can someone please tell me which swimmers are cheaters and which ones are just being stupid and made mistakes?


He continually informed he cannot be injected illigal substance and checked the prescription how to avoid the situation?


there is no official documents recorded by the doctor about the doctor’s treatment. this is apparently wrong. Even the doctor doesn’t know what He gave him. stupid.

Justice Kang

Those who were caught with first class banned steroids and derivatives. Masking agents, stimulants and performance additives like EPO or any hormonal groups. CLEN is controversial because of contaminated meat industry, in China before Beijing 2012 the seriousness of prevalent CLEN -minated meat from hypermarkets and local breeder posed a great challenge to the local athletes and foreign ones after some high profile cases which were related to their diets and only after a serious concerted clamped down by the related authorities the situation improved. Quoting Ning ‘s CLEN (2011) case as a cheater is an insult to normal intelligence and being myopic!


I do think Fred Bousquet was an inadvertent positive- he’d been using the same brand medical cream for years and didn’t realize that it had slightly different formulations in different countries/regions when he bought a new tube at a pharmacy.

Craig Lord

Justice Kang – Your last sentence has been removed: there is absolutely no evidence of the swimmers you name having taken the substance you named. Do not repeat specific allegations that hold no water whatsoever.

Who is pulling the strings

The doctor, coach and athlete all dodgy as hell!! So over it….


in the US, USADA constantly says that the athlete is responsible no matter what, regardless of what a doctor says or what an ingredients list says. You can take only things that are NSF approved, or you can avoid taking supplements.

When it comes to it, Hardy included, you can easily claim a banned substance was not on the ingredients list because there are supplements known by people to fit this profile.

I’m tired of people making excuses for people unless, as in the case of Melluoli, he came forward and it wasn’t even a drug that aids in performance (I’m relying on the information in the comments… I do not recall the situation except that he was taking finals at USC).

Craig Lord

Francene, Ous Mellouli took a keep-me-awake-stimulant in fairly common use among students, the explanation being that he needed to get through course work and sit up late at night. He then competed in a local meet and the substance showed up.


Stop talking about the reasonable doubt standard. This is a strict liability offense.

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