Park contests ban from Rio Olympics

NOT FAIR: Park says other nations are not so strict with their athletes.


    May 19, 2016

    Park contests ban from Rio Olympics


    DISGRACED South Korean swim star Park Tae Hwan laid out his case on Wednesday for being allowed to compete in the Rio Olympics despite an extended ban for doping.

    The multiple Olympic medallist completed an 18-month drug suspension last month after testing positive for an anabolic steroid in out-of-competition controls before the 2014 Asian Games.

    But he remains barred from competing in Rio de Janeiro under a rule of the Korean Olympic Committee (KOC) that prohibits athletes from representing the country for three years after the expiration of any doping ban.

    In an interview with South Korea's largest-circulation Chosun Ilbo newspaper, Park stressed he was not asking for special treatment. But he argued that the KOC regulation was unfair.

    The swimmer added it was "regrettable" that the KOC was alone among national Olympic committees in maintaining and enforcing such an extended ban.