South Korea's Olympic committee clears Park for Rio
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Jul 09, 2016,
Jul 09, 2016, 1:44
South Korea's Olympic committee has lifted its ban on Park Tae-hwan, allowing the former swimming gold medallist to compete at Rio. The global 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.
Park appealed to sport's top court after the KOC left him off the national team because he was caught doping.
The KOC had said it would respect the local court's decision and would take necessary steps after the CAS decision.
The British Olympic Association by-law which prevented convicted dopers from ever being selected again and the International Olympic Committee's so-called "Osaka Rule" that imposed an additional four-year exclusion on bans of more than six months have both been rejected by CAS in recent years.
South Korean swimmer Park Tae-hwan is headed to Rio de Janeiro for his fourth Summer Olympics after winning a legal battle that dragged on for months.
The swimmer's father Park In-ho said his joy was tempered.
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Park was omitted from the preliminary squad back in May despite having achieved the required qualifying times in the 100 metres, 200m, 400m and 1500m freestyle during April's Olympic Trials.
The KOC held an emergency meeting this morning ahead of Park's appeal being heard at the Lausanne-based CAS.
Today's ruling from the CAS could be seen as a landmark case for South Korean athletes who may opt to contest the KOC law if similar situations arise in future. It has also been criticized for unfairly punishing Park twice for the same offense.
CAS, which has yet to confirm the decision, has previously struck down double-barrelled punishments for athletes banned for doping-related offences.
A KOC rule bars athletes from competing for the country for three years after the end of a doping suspension.