Park seeks CAS help in ban mediation

SEOUL • Former Olympic swimming champion Park Tae Hwan has asked the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to "mediate" with the Korean Olympic Committee, the KOC said yesterday, after he was left off the team due to a controversial doping ban.

Park, who has already served an 18-month doping ban imposed by world governing body Fina, is fighting to overturn a KOC regulation that has added a further three-year suspension, which would rule him out of the Rio Olympics.

"Park asked CAS for mediation, and CAS notified the KOC and the swimming federation that such a request came in," a KOC spokesman said.

He added that while Park had requested an interview with the KOC and a meeting had been scheduled for May 25, the committee had not shifted its position.

"There is no change in the KOC stance that doping should be dealt with zero tolerance."

Park's management agency said yesterday he had filed his appeal with CAS on April 26 but asked the sporting tribunal to suspend it two days later, until he had received a final decision from the KOC.

"We are still waiting," said a Team GMP spokesman by telephone, emphasising they would only proceed if the KOC did not provide a "positive resolution".

Despite the KOC ban, Park entered national trials this month and won all four of his races in Olympic qualification times.

However, his name was not included on the Korea Swimming Federation's preliminary list of athletes who will have a shot at making the squad for Rio.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 15, 2016, with the headline 'Park seeks CAS help in ban mediation'. Print Edition | Subscribe