Olympics: CAS rules Korean swimmer Park eligible for Rio - report

Park Tae Hwan at the 17th Asian Games at the Munhak Park Tae Hwan Aquatics Centre in Incheon, on Sept 26, 2014.
Park Tae Hwan at the 17th Asian Games at the Munhak Park Tae Hwan Aquatics Centre in Incheon, on Sept 26, 2014.PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (Reuters) - The Court of Arbitration for Sport has cleared the way for former Olympic swimming champion Park Tae Hwan to compete at the Rio Games after upholding his appeal against a Korean Olympic Committee (KOC) doping ban, Yonhap news said on Friday (July 8).

Park, the first Korean to win an Olympic swimming medal when he won the 400 metres 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, as per KOC regulations, he was then subject to an additional three-year ban from the Korean national team the day the FINA suspension expired.