SEOUL, Jan. 27 (Korea Bizwire) – Reeling from the shocking news of a failed doping test, South Korean Olympic swimming champion Park Tae-hwan faces an international hearing, officials here said Tuesday.
The Korea Swimming Federation (KSF) said Tuesday that Park had actually failed a test administered by FINA, the international swimming governing body, rather than the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), as was first reported.
The KSF added that Park was tested ahead of the Asian Games in the South Korean city of Incheon, which opened in September, and was notified of the result in December. The substance for which Park tested positive hasn’t been identified.
According a WADA official, Park will have to attend a FINA hearing to explain his situation.
“A world-class swimmer like Park is tested frequently out of competition,” the official said of the four-time Olympic medalist and two-time world champion. “The severity of his penalty will be determined after his hearing.”
Team GMP also said it would try to hold the hospital civilly and criminally liable for its action.
FINA’s executive director, Cornel Marculescu, told AFP that the world swimming body’s anti-doping commission would meet in late February.
At the 2008 Beijing Games, Park became the first South Korean to win an Olympic swimming gold medal when he took the men’s 400-meter freestyle race. He added a silver in the 200ｍ freestyle.
He grabbed two silver medals at the 2012 London Olympics in the 200ｍ and the 400ｍ freestyle events. He has also won two world championships in the 400ｍ freestyle.
Park is the most decorated South Korean in Asian Games history with 20 medals, including six gold medals.