Park files for injunction against KOC, swim federation

Thu Jun 23, 2016 3:59am EDT
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SEOUL (Reuters) - Former Olympic swimming champion Park Tae-hwan will file for an injunction against the Korea Olympic Committee on Thursday while he awaits a Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling on a controversial doping suspension, his legal representative said.

Park has already served an 18-month ban imposed by swimming's world governing body FINA but is fighting to repeal a KOC regulation that imposed an additional three-year suspension, effectively ruling him out of the Rio Olympics.

The KOC said last week it had turned down Park's appeal to overturn the suspension, leaving the swimmer's hopes of competing at Rio in the hands of the CAS.

Sean Lim, an attorney with the Lee & Ko law firm representing Park, said at a news conference in Seoul that the swimmer would lodge an injunction against the KOC and Korea Swimming Federation later on Thursday.

"Park is filing for injunction in Eastern Seoul district court today right after the briefing," Lim said. "This is to prepare for the situation where the KOC refuses to comply with the CAS decision."

Lim added that they expected CAS to rule by July 5.


Given Park's profile in Korea, and amid criticism that the KOC regulation punishes an athlete twice for the same offense, speculation grew that it may relax the rule to give the swimmer the chance to compete at the Rio Olympics.   Continued...

A girl poses for photographs next to the wax figure of South Korea's Olympic swimming champion Park Tae-hwan at Grevin Wax Museum in central Seoul, South Korea, July 30, 2015.  REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji