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.