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March 24, 2015
South Korea: Olympic Gold-Medalist Suspended After Steroid Test
South Korean Olympic Swimmer, Park Tae-hwan South Korean swimmer, Park Tae-hwan received an 18-month ban after testing positive for anabolic steroids. Four-time South Korean Olympic medalist, Park Tae-hwan, has been banned for 18 months for a positive drug test. The 25-year-old swimmer tested positive for a banned anabolic steroid at an out-of-competition event before the Asian Games. The ban for the doping violation will run until Mar. 2, 2016 as his 18-month suspension will be backdated to the date of the test. The sanction rules Park, who also tested positive for testosterone on Sept. 3, 2014, out of this year’s world championships in Kazan, Russia. Additionally, under domestic rules, no athlete who receives an anti-doping penalty, can return to compete for three years, meaning Park will also miss out on the Olympic Games in Brazil. All Park’s results after the date of test have been cancelled. He is also mandated to return his three bronze medals, which he won at last year’s Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. Park won 400m freestyle gold and 200m freestyle silver at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, becoming the first South Korean Olympic swimmer to win Olympic medals. He won silver medals in the same events at the 2012 Olympics in London. http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/South-Korean-Olympic-Gold-Medalist-Suspended-After-Steroid-Test-20150323-0037.html