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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The dopers win again.

Purple Rain 99

This is getting ridiculous they might as well just legalize drugs

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.

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

Irish Ringer

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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