South Korean swimming star Park banned 18 months for doping


GENEVA: South Korea’s four-time Olympic swimming medallist Park Tae-hwan was banned for 18 months by world swimming body FINA on Monday for failing a dope test. The 25-year-old tested positive for a banned anabolic steroid at an out-of-competition control before the Asian Games on September 3 last year. The ban for his first doping violation will run until March 2, 2016 which rules him out of this year’s world championships in Kazan, Russia from July 17 to August 2, but should allow him to compete at the Rio Olympics.



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