Park Tae Hwan Drug Hearing Scheduled for March 23rd
kpopluv, March 13, 2015, 9:56 a.m.
The hearing for Park Tae-hwan's doping case will be held at the International Swimming Federation (FINA) in Lausanne, Switzerland on March 23. The hearing was originally scheduled for Feb. 27, but Park asked for more time to prepare, and FINA accepted. Park is currently suspended. He failed a drug test in September last year, not long before the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon.
Park Tae Hwan is a South Korean swimmer. He is an Olympic and world champion who represents South Korea. He has four Olympic medals, two world titles, and 20 Asian Games medals under his belt. He won a gold medal in the 400 meter freestyle and a silver in the 200 meter freestyle events at the 2008 Summer Olympics. He also won two silver medals at the 2012 Summer Olympics in 200m and 400m freestyle. He is the first Asian swimmer to claim a gold medal in men's 400 m freestyle, and the first Korean to win an Olympic medal in swimming.
He is known for his impressive range and versatility, as he is able to compete at international level in 100m, 200m, 400m, and 1,500m. He is the first swimmer to swim under 49 seconds in 100m free and under 15 minutes in 1,500m. He remained as the only person to have such impressive range until Sun Yang joined the club in 2013. He was hit by a steroid scandal as prosecutors confirmed on Jan. 27 that he tested positive in a doping test because he took Nebido, a relatively new anabolic steroid.