International sports tribunal set to decide Park Tae-hwan’s Rio fate

A big announcement expected today,… for
fans of Korea’s Olympic Champion swimmer, Park Tae-hwan.
An international sports tribunal is set to conclude whether Park can compete at this
summer’s Olympic Games in Rio, after completing a 18-month ban for doping.
Kwon Jang-Ho has this report. The Court of Arbitration for Sport is expected
to give a final ruling on Friday, on whether swimmer Park Tae-hwan will be allowed to compete
in Rio. The international body had been expected to
give their ruling on Thursday, but Park’s lawyers were notified that the decision had
been delayed by a day. The swimmer was banned for 18-months by the
international swimming body, FINA, in 2014 for testing positive for testosterone.
Though the suspension was completed earlier this year… the Korean Olympic Committee’s
own rules for doping meant an additional three year ban.
That rule was deemed unlawful by a Seoul court last week, but the Court of Arbitration for
Sport is set to make the final decision. The Korean Olympic Committee has also convened
an emergency board meeting and is expected to make a quick decision after the ruling,
as Friday is the last day for the South Korean national team roster to be decided.
Kwon Jang-Ho, Arirang News.

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