Park, the first Korean to win an Olympic swimming medal when
he won 400 freestyle gold in Beijing, completed an 18-month ban
imposed by world governing body FINA in March after testing
positive for testosterone ahead of the 2014 Asian Games.
However, under Korean Olympic Committee regulations, he was then
subject to an additional three-year ban from the national team
the day the FINA suspension expired, effectively ruling him out
of the Rio Olympics.
Park took his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and is
expected to be notified of the result this week, with the Korean
team set to decide on the swim team on July 18.
The 26-year-old's chances of forcing the KOC to repeal the ban
were emboldened on Friday when a local court ruled that he was
eligible for selection for the national team.
Park had lodged an injunction with Seoul Eastern District Court
last month against the KOC and Korea Swimming Federation over
According to Yonhap news agency, the court said in its verdict
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 swimmers".
Despite the KOC ban, Park entered national swimming trials in
April and won all four of his races in times quick enough for
At the 2008 Beijing Games, Park became the first Korean to win
an Olympic swimming medal when he took gold in the 400 meters
freestyle. He also picked up a silver in the 200 in Beijing, and
was runner-up in both races in London in 2012.
He attributed the failed test to an injection he received at a
local clinic where he said he was being treated for a skin
(Writing by Peter Rutherford; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty)
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