The FINA Doping Panel has handed South Korean swimmer Tae Hwan Park an 18-month suspension as the result of a positive doping control test. That suspension has been back-dated to September 3rd, 2014, the date of his positive test, and Park will be eligible for competition again on March 3rd, 2016.
This means that the four-time individual Olympic medalist will be reinstated in time to compete at a fourth-straight Summer Olympic Games in Rio.
The positive test came two weeks prior to the beginning of the 2016 Asian Games, that were held in his home country and a pool that was named for him, and all results from that meet will be stripped. That means that he will lose a silver medal in the 100 free, and bronze medals in the 200 and 400 frees. South Korea will also lose its bronze medals in all three men’s relays.
The test came after the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, meaning that he will retain his gold medal in the 400 free from that meet.
When Park initially failed the test, he blamed it on an unknown injection that he received from a chiropractor.
Park still has the right to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
On September 3, 2014 the swimmer Tae Hwan Park (KOR) was tested positive to the substance Testosterone (Class S.1.1.b Endogenous Anabolic Androgenic Steroids) with the occasion of an out-of-competition doping control test conducted by FINA.
The full FINA news is below:
The FINA Doping Panel decided according to the FINA DC Rule 10.5.2 to impose on the athlete a period of eighteen (18) months’ ineligibility, starting on September 3, 2014 and ending at the conclusion of the March 2, 2016 for his first anti-doping rule violation.
Furthermore, the FINA Doping Panel decided that all results achieved by the swimmer on or after September 3, 2014 shall be annulled together with the consequences thereof (forfeiture of medals/prizes, reimbursement of prize money).