The doctor, identified only by her surname Kim, had been accused by
prosecutors of causing Park bodily harm by failing to disclose the
substances contained in the injection, and of violating the medical
Park, who won 400 meters freestyle gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics
and is one of his country's most popular athletes, tested positive
for testosterone ahead of the Incheon Asian Games in September 2014.
He said he had been assured by the hospital that the injections
contained only vitamins and would not violate any doping
The 26-year-old received an 18-month ban from the sport by
swimming's governing body FINA, leaving his chances of competing at
the 2016 Rio Olympics hanging by a thread.
On Thursday, Seoul Central District Court handed out a fine of 1
million won ($847.74) to the doctor for failing to leave records of
the injections, local media reported.
However, while the court accepted she had failed to properly explain
the side effects of the injection, there was no proof Park had
suffered bodily harm because of this and so she was found not guilty
of professional negligence.
Under the terms of his suspension, Park was barred from using
national facilities in Korea and has recently returned from a
training stint in Japan.
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While his suspension ends in March, it is unclear whether he will be
able to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
The Korean Olympic Committee ruled last year that any athlete who
has served a doping suspension is ineligible to participate on the
national team for a period of three years from the day the
(Reporting by Hooyeon Kim; Writing by Peter Rutherofrd; Editing by
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