Park Tae Hwan Is Officially Going To Rio

At the emergency meeting held today by the South Korean Olympic Committee (KOC) board of directors, it was decided that Park Tae Hwan will be allowed to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games.

After already having served an 18-month banned for testing positively for banned testosterone back in 2014, Olympic medalist Park was then subject to an additional 3-year suspension by the KOC. That additional ban on Korean doping offenders would have rendered Park out of the Rio Olympics.

However, after Park appealed to the Court Arbitration for Sport (CAS), sports highest court, the organization ruled in favor of Park, determining that the medalist is indeed eligible for this summer’s Games. The KOC then decided today to lift its own ban on Park, allowing the Olympic champion to represent South Korea in Rio.

Of the decision, Park’s lawyer stated, “It was belated, but it is still fortunate that he now can go to Rio.” (Yonhap)

An excerpt from the CAS statement can be read below, with the entire statement available here.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has upheld a request for provisional measures filed by the Korean swimmer Tae Hwan Park in the course of his arbitration procedure with the Korean Sport and Olympic Committee (KOC) and the Korea Swimming Federation (KSF). The decision issued by the President of the CAS Appeals Arbitration Division means that he is eligible to be selected to swim for the Korean team in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

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taa
5 years ago

The dopers win again.

Purple Rain 99
Reply to  taa
5 years ago

This is getting ridiculous they might as well just legalize drugs

NYSA
Reply to  taa
5 years ago

Not really. He was actually supposed to be allowed to go based on rule of CAS and Olympic Committee. He fulfilled his punishment of not being able to compete for more than a year from FINA so there’s no reason why he couldnt go.

Paswim
5 years ago

Wow who saw that coming? Oh wait, everyone… Smh

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Paswim
5 years ago

I agree. I think that was the plan all along. Let CAS rule on it then the KOC can look like they didn’t necessarily roll over on their own rule. With that being said the KOC should align their rules with everyone else if they aren’t going to enforce the stiffer punishment.

Joel Lin
Reply to  Paswim
5 years ago

This was less predictable than a children’s Scooby Doo mystery piece. South Korea never intended that Park would not swim in Rio. They simply followed a face saving script to the 11th hour.

SWIMGUY12345
5 years ago

Is anyone surprised?
Super disappointing but I thought Korea might stick true to their guns. Weak.
Let this be a life lesson to all. STARS GET TREATED DIFFERENTLY. In all facets of life unfortunately.
200 free just got that much deeper.

Maverick
Reply to  SWIMGUY12345
5 years ago

That much deeper? In my opinion the 200 free is very open

Sven
Reply to  Maverick
5 years ago

I think that’s what he’s trying to say.

NYSA
Reply to  SWIMGUY12345
5 years ago

I wouldn’t say stars get treated differently. I mean he already fullfilled his sentence of not being able to compete for more than a year. Why wouldn’t he be able to go now?

SWIMGUY12345
Reply to  NYSA
5 years ago

Because other athletes have tested positive for drugs in Korea who weren’t nearly as good as Park. They weren’t exempt from Korea’s harsh punishment. That’s the bottom line.

butterchamp
Reply to  SWIMGUY12345
5 years ago

Park was never EXEMPT from their punishment. Korean’s double standard was added AFTER Park was banned, which should not be applied to Park in the first place since his incidence happened before the rule was applied. Also, unlike to what you said, Korean athletic committee is the one who tried to keep Park from going to olympics. It was CAS who made the decisive decision for him to go and Korean committee accepted the decision

butterchamp
Reply to  SWIMGUY12345
5 years ago

Park was never EXEMPT from their punishment. Korean’s double standard was added AFTER Park was banned, which should not be applied to Park in the first place since his incidence happened before the rule was applied. Also, unlike to what you said, Korean athletic committee is the one who tried to keep Park from going to olympics. It was CAS who made the decisive decision for him to go and Korean committee accepted the decision

Myth Destroyer
Reply to  SWIMGUY12345
5 years ago

Name one other Korean athlete who went to CAS to get their KOC ruling overturned.

Nysa
Reply to  SWIMGUY12345
5 years ago

Well, its true there is one other athlete who was in similar case, but he never appealed after he got banned! Also, it wasnt Koreans who let Park to go, It was the CAS who made the final decision. Koreans, in fact, tried to keep him from going.

BDL SWIM
5 years ago

I disagree with the final decision, but I commend the Korean Olympic Committee for putting up a strong fight against Park. I hope Park learned his lesson by going through this arduous process of public shaming, where he literally had to kneel on the ground begging for forgiveness.

northern light
Reply to  BDL SWIM
5 years ago

I think he cares more about protecting his income level than he does about any “shaming”. His doping demonstrates. Hope he bombs out of heats.

Swimfan
Reply to  BDL SWIM
5 years ago

Imagine the shaming (from the Swimming community and NBC commentators) if he manages to podium in Rio? This is not a good thing for the fourth place finisher! Bad call!

Myth Destroyer
Reply to  Swimfan
5 years ago

The same shaming that Hardy got from NBC commentators in London?

Oh wait…..

NYSA
Reply to  BDL SWIM
5 years ago

what’s wrong with the final decision?

Dee
5 years ago

Yet another stain on the Olympic games. So disappointing. Horton, Guy, Detti, Jaeger, Paltrinieri.. Anybody, PLEASE keep Sun Yang & Park Tae-Hwan out of the medals. PLEASE!

Joel Lin
Reply to  Dee
5 years ago

I wish I could upvote this all day long.

Lane Four
Reply to  Joel Lin
5 years ago

I second what DEE and Joel have said. Isn’t it going to be really uncomfortable in those races with the competitors aware of Park and Sun Yang’s sketchiness??????

Dee
Reply to  Lane Four
5 years ago

Yep, and even moreso for the 4th & 5th placed swimmers if one or both of them medal.

Dopers returning makes things really uncomfortable for other athletes.

THEO
Reply to  Dee
5 years ago

Totally agree. In those races I will be of course rooting for the Americans, but more than anything I will want the dopers off the podium. That isn’t likely though. It is hard to imagine Sun getting second or third in the 200.. nevermind fourth. But I guess the silver lining is that swim fans can look forward to even deeper and more intense races in the 200 and 400.

Richard
Reply to  Dee
5 years ago

Sun Yang is clean, unlike what the bashers are claiming.

Steve Nolan
5 years ago

Served his time, I hope he does well. Truly mean that.

COME AT ME, DOWNVOTES.

Myth Destroyer
Reply to  Steve Nolan
5 years ago

I upvoted you, just because the rampant double standard and hypocrisy I’m seeing here.

R&R
Reply to  Steve Nolan
5 years ago

At least you know you deserve the down votes.

I hope he hears a chorus of boos every time he steps up to swim.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  R&R
5 years ago

I don’t think I deserve them, I just know most people ’round here want athletes that fail doping tests to be drawn and quartered. (I do deserve plenty for most of my other comments, though.)

NYSA
Reply to  Steve Nolan
5 years ago

I mean if Justin Gatlin and other U.S athletes can be part of the olympics, why can’t Park after he served his time??

Myth Destroyer
Reply to  NYSA
5 years ago

When Gatlin win the gold in Rio, you can bet NBC will create hours of Gatlin’s teary-eyed “road to redemption” segments. Gatlin will be lauded as a hero.

Boi
Reply to  Steve Nolan
5 years ago

One of the only good comments posted here

Myth Destroyer
5 years ago

Not sure I understand why Park is being lynched after having served his ban fully and much longer than the other dopers while Efymova got the Swimswam swim of the week and Hardy was idolized in 2012 London after received gold and silver.

I call it hypocrisy and double standard.

Pay Hana
Reply to  Myth Destroyer
5 years ago

Don’t you remember the coverage? Hardy had to “overcome obstacles” so clearly it wasn’t her fault. ????

ole 99
Reply to  Pay Hana
5 years ago

my recollection is that commenters here have been, for the most part, anti anyone caught using PEDs, regardless of the excuse or nationality.

Myth Destroyer
Reply to  ole 99
5 years ago

Your recollection is awful.
Only a few commenters were protesting when Swimswam chose Efimova’s swim as SWim of the Week.
Nowhere near as many commenters were outraged when Hardy was trialing for the Olympics in 2012 and after she “won” Olympics medals.

Victor P
Reply to  Myth Destroyer
5 years ago

Ye Shiwen (I should say the Chinese authorities pulling the strings) is/are still given a pass for her otherworldly performance in the London 400IM final.

Of course, today, at the ripe old age of 20 she can’t even place in the top 150 in the world and it would appear she has multiple physical problems. Gee, where have I heard that before…. I’ll give you a clue. It starts with an E and ends with -ermany….

R&R
Reply to  Myth Destroyer
5 years ago

she wasn’t idolized by me.

Myth Destroyer
Reply to  R&R
5 years ago

Have a look at swimswam hardy retirement announcement last week. Many said good things about her and only one said good riddance.

Ferb
Reply to  Myth Destroyer
5 years ago

Park got a shortened sentence that was clearly intended to allow him to compete in Rio. The defense that his chiropractor injected him with synthetic testosterone against his knowledge is ludicrous. Had he been a B-level swimmer, he would.have gotten a two year ban, maybe four.

Myth Destroyer
Reply to  Ferb
5 years ago

Just like the shortened sentence that allow Mellouli to compete in Beijing?
Is it any worse than Yang’s retroactive 3 months ban that no one even knew or heard about until one Chinese media reported it which allowed him to tack up 3 golds at the Asian games and where multiple violations occurred (no report to FINA, credential to Ba Zhen in incheon) without any FINA punishment?
Yang and Efimova swam and kept their golds from 2013 and 2015 and I saw nowhere near the same outrage people are now pouring on park.
No one is also outraged that Wang lizhuo and his compatriot are given warning only for clenbuterol and will swim in Rio.

Hipocrisy.

Ferb
Reply to  Myth Destroyer
5 years ago

You’re obviously not paying attention. Look at any of the recent Efimova threads, and you will see just as much outrage as you see directed towards Park. Her shortened sentence that allowed her to compete in Kazan was equally outrageous and corrupt. There has also been plenty of criticism of Ning and Yang, but since there have been a regular series of articles about Park (“will he or won’t he be able to swim…”), there have been more opportunities to criticize him. It’s not outrage against Park, it’s outrage against doping.

Victor P
Reply to  Myth Destroyer
5 years ago

Listen, there’s plenty of blame to go around. The human propensity to look the other way, while disgusting and indefensible, is also endemic. Look at Shirley Babashoff from the 1976 Olympics (yes, people, over 40 years ongoing!). She was called “Surly Shirley” by the media and I don’t recall too many who vociferously came to her defense. Also, the results of those Olympics have YET to be amended more than 20 years after the fact that the ENTIRE sporting community factually found out that East Germany was doping ALL of their athletes from 1971 to 1990.

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swimdoc
Reply to  Myth Destroyer
5 years ago

It’s not a double standard. It’s just that Rowdy can only breathe to his right.

Lane Four
5 years ago

I quit. It looks like the Olympic world is dirtier than a garbage dump filled with cesspool water. Just watch. The next step will be legalizing PEDs. Damn! This really sucks.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Lane Four
5 years ago

Legalization (with regulations) of PEDs might not be the worst thing. Could understand them better, could make ’em safer, buncha good stuff could come out of it.

The general public at large already doesn’t care much about PEDs in plenty of sports. (No one’s ever cared in football and even baseball fans are pretty apathetic these days.)

ole 99
Reply to  Lane Four
5 years ago

The more things change, the more they stay the same. At this point, I think the base case assumption has to be that everyone is on something. Its a cynical view of the world and people, but well… it is what it is.

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