Park Tae Hwan Received Multiple Treatments
luvsmiling, Feb. 3, 2015, 10:46 a.m.
Star swimmer Park Tae-hwan, who tested positive for testosterone, apparently received more than 10 separate treatments from the dubious clinic that administered the banned substance. They were worth tens of millions of won.
A beauty consultant who hooks up wealthy clients and entertainers with clinics said Park turned to her seeking treatments to boost his physical condition and that she referred him to the clinic in November of 2013. "I persuaded the owner of the clinic to provide free treatments to Park as he struggled without any sponsor at the time," the consultant said.
She said the doctor agreed to give a year's treatment to Park for free, considering that he will represent Korea as an athlete and saying that even his own daughters were learning how to swim after seeing Park's success. Normally treatments costs W33 million a year (US$1=W1,102).
The beauty consultant told the Koogle TV, "Park was put on a vitamin regimen after a couple of medical tests. The regimen included medication and intravenous injections."
As for the hormones he was injected with, she said she heard that they were a part of an anti-aging treatment. She added, "It was through media reports that I learned he had received injections of Nebido," widely known as injectable testosterone to treat erectile dysfunction.
The consultant refused to reveal the identity of the entertainer who hooked her up with Park. "We met one day with some other people who work in the fashion and entertainment industries and the conversation shifted to an effective vitamin treatment offered by the clinic, and Park said he wanted to get in touch with the clinic," she said.
The consultant said Park was given treaments "more than 10 times." "To my knowledge, he was very active in receiving the treatments after he wrapped up his training in Australia." She said she went to the clinic with Park twice, in November 2013 and July 2014, and often bumped into him outside. "Park told me his physical condition improved after undergoing the treatments," she said.
When questioned by prosecutors last week, "I told them I did not receive any money for introducing Park to the clinic, since I'm not a broker." Prosecutors plan to announce the results of their investigation soon. At issue is whether the doctor knew he was injecting the athlete with a banned substance. Park claims he did not know it, but the clinic says it gave him a list of the drugs and he voluntarily accepted the regimen.