24th March 2015

FINA bans Park Tae-Hwan for 18 months

The Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) has banned Korean freestyle swimmer Park Tae-Hwan for 18 months, after he tested positive for testosterone during an out-of-competition test on 3 September 2014. Tae-Hwan’s ban will therefore conclude on 2 March 2016, which means that he will be able to take part in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

FINA said that all results after 3 September 2014 would be annulled and all medals and / or prize money would have to be returned. This means that Tae-Hwan (pictured) will lose three bronze medals won at the 2014 Asian Games. FINA’s full written decision is available here.

Tae-Hwan’s Team GMP previously blamed the positive test on an injection given by a local hospital. It is understood that Team GMP is considering taking legal action against the Seoul hospital involved. It is not yet known whether Tae-Hwan plans to appeal the FINA sanction.

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