Jun 17, 2016

    Park loses appeal over ban blocking Rio selection


    THE Korea Olympic Committee (KOC) has turned down swimmer Park Tae Hwan's appeal to overturn a controversial doping suspension and earn selection for the national team at the Rio Games.

    The former Olympic champion, who has already served an 18-month doping ban imposed by swimming's world governing body Fina, has been fighting to repeal a KOC regulation that tacked on an additional three-year suspension which would rule him out of Rio.

    The 26-year-old lodged a case with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) but instructed the Switzerland-based tribunal not to proceed until he had a definitive answer from the KOC on the ruling.

    The KOC said after "deep discussion" among its board of directors that the rule would remain in force, leaving Park's last hopes of competing at Rio resting in the hands of CAS.

    He won gold in the 400m freestyle at the 2008 Beijing Games to become the first South Korean to win an Olympic swimming medal.

    But his reputation was shattered when he tested positive for testosterone ahead of the 2014 Asian Games.