Park Tae-hwan Suspended 18 Months for Doping

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South Korean Olympic swimming champion Park Tae-hwan has been suspended for 18 months for an anti-doping violation, officials in Switzerland announced yesterday (local time).

The ruling came merely hours after FINA, the international swimming governing body, held a doping hearing with Park in attendance in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Park, a four-time Olympic medalist and two-time world champion in freestyle, had tested positive for testosterone, a substance banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), after submitting two urine samples to FINA on Sept. 3.

Park has 21 days to appeal the doping panel’s decision with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Following the disclosure of his positive test in January, Park argued that a Seoul-based doctor had given him an injection in July without fully disclosing that it could contain a banned substance.

Source: Busan eFM News


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