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Park Tae-hwan ruled out of Rio Olympics, reports say

Park Tae-hwan

INCHEON, SOUTH KOREA - SEPTEMBER 21: Park Taehwan of South Korea leaves the pool after heat three of the Men’s 200m Freestyle during day two of the 2014 Asian Games at Munhak Park Tae-Hwan Aquatics Center on September 21, 2014 in Incheon, South Korea. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

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Four-time Olympic swimming medalist Park Tae-hwan will not be allowed on South Korea’s team for the Rio Games due to his September 2014 positive drug test, according to South Korean reports.

Park was given an 18-month suspension after testing positive for testosterone, with the ban ending last month.

South Korea’s Olympic Committee has a rule that prevents athletes banned for doping from competing on a national team for another three years after their suspensions end.

Park fought the rule, but it won’t be changed for South Korea’s only Olympic swimming medalist, according to Yonhap News Agency and the Chosun Ilbo.

Park won 400m freestyle gold and 200m freestyle silver at the Beijing 2008 Olympics. He earned silver medals in the same events at London 2012.

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