Park Fails Doping Test; Agency Blames Doctor

As reported by both NBC Olympics and Yonhap News, South Korean Olympic swimmer Park Tae-hwan has failed a doping test, according to his agency, Team GMP.  The 25-year-old Olympic gold medalist and his agency are blaming the result on “an illegal injection administered by a local doctor…..containing a banned substance unbeknownst to Park.”  Two months prior to the Asian Games, Park received chiropractic treatment at a local hospital, receiving the shot that his agency attributes to the positive test.

“At the time, the hospital offered to give Park an injection, and he repeatedly asked if it contained any illegal substances,” Park’s management agency said in a statement, according to Yonhap news. “The doctor said there would be no problem. And yet it turned out the injection contained a banned substance. With our team of legal experts, we’re trying to determine why the particular hospital injected Park with an illegal substance, and we’re preparing to hold it civilly and criminally liable.”


Additionally NBC Olympics and Yonhap news report that his agency contends that Park Tae-hwan has been “extremely careful” about what he takes and is “more shocked than anyone” regarding the results.  Park‘s agency reminds the public that the athlete competed at the Asian Games last September and had no trouble passing the several doping tests during that event.

Park is winner of two silver medals at 2012 London (200m and 400m freestyles) and is South Korea’s most decorated athlete in Asian Games history with 20 medals earned.  Park has recently been training stateside with the SwimMAC Elite group in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Hmm, I hope his story is true. I know revered he is in SK, seems like it would be a blow to their swimming organization if he was indeed doping.


No report on what the substance was?

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Why are these reports so delayed? Taking a shot 2 months prior to the Asian games was like 7 months ago. When did he fail the test and when did FINA know about it?

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