The Korean Olympic Committee (KOC) has reportedly scheduled an emergency meeting for Friday, July 8th, where the topic of whether or not banned swimmer Park Tae Hwan will be able to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games is at the top of the agenda.
After already having served an 18-month suspension for testing positively for testosterone back in 2014, Park is now subject to Korea’s additional 3-year national team ban applied to all doping offenders.
Last week Park filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the KOC and the Korean Swimming Federation (KSF) to be reinstated and the CAS rule in favor of Park. As such, he was deemed eleibigle to comepete in Rio, with CAS’ verdict reading, Park “has no reason for being disqualified based on Article 5 of the Korea Swimming Federation’s rule on the selection of national team swimmer.”
The KOC’s board of directors will discuss Park’s elibiigibity for Rio during Friday’s meeting, which is also the date upon which nations confirm rosters for Rio.
Park is ranked 6th in the world in the 400 free (3:44.26) and 13th in the 200 free (1:46.31).