Park Tae Hwan Ruled Eligible for 2016 Rio Olympics

Hannah Hecht contributed to this report.

Just two days ago, we reported that South Korea‘s Park Tae Hwan filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the Korean Olympic Committee (KOC) and the Korean Swimming Federation (KSF). reports that the CAS has ruled in favor of Park, and he will be eligible to compete in Rio this summer.

According to Yonhap News, the CAS’ verdict said that Park “has no reason for being disqualified based on Article 5 of the Korea Swimming Federation’s rule on the selection of national team swimmer.”

The Korean Sport Olympic Committee initially barred him from competing in the 2016 Olympic Games, even though his 18-month suspension for a positive doping test in 2014 has expired.

The appeal involved a KSOC rule that forbids athletes from competing for any national team for 3 years after a doping suspension. CAS has overruled that, arguing that there is no reason for Park to be ineligible for the Olympics.

Park is ranked 6th in the world in the 400 free (3:44.26) and 13th in the 200 free (1:46.31).

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Irish Ringer

He did the time boys, now he gets a chance.

Scott Morgan

I am mixed on this. Yes, he did his suspension and I wish others would have gotten the same. But still think this is terrible optics for swimming. I like the guy, but I’m in favor of life bans.


Swam a 3:49.18 in the 400m free at the Australian Grand Prix to finish 3rd behind David McKeown & Dan Smith

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Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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