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).
Allkpop.com 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).