Four-time Olympic medalist Park Tae-Hwan has recently announced he will compete at the upcoming Korean National Championships, per the Korea Herald.
Park was served an 18-month suspension for doping after testing positive for testosterone in 2014. His suspension expired in March of this year. Park was hit with the ban in March of 2015, but the suspension began retroactively in September 2014 as that’s when his positive sample was collected.
The meet will serve as a second meet for Koreans to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games, however Park is ineligible to qualify. The Korean Olympic Committee has a rule in place that swimmers who have served doping suspensions cannot represent their country for 3 years after the ban expires, leaving Park out of international competition until March of 2019 unless there are amendments made to the rule at some point.
Park has won two medals at each of the past two Olympics, collecting a gold in the 400 freestyle and a silver in the 200 freestyle in 2008, and adding two more silvers in the same events in 2012. He is the only South Korean swimmer in history to win an Olympic medal.
Park will compete in the 100, 200, 400 and 1500 freestyle events beginning in a week.