Park Tae-hwan, a four-time Olympic swimming medalist, has failed a drug test, according to South Korean media citing Park’s management agency.
The agency attributed the failed test to “an illegal injection administered by a local doctor,” according to Yonhap News Agency.
“At the time, the hospital offered to give Park an injection, and he repeatedly asked if it contained any illegal substances,” Park’s management agency said in a statement, according to Yonhap. “The doctor said there would be no problem. And yet it turned out the injection contained a banned substance. With our team of legal experts, we’re trying to determine why the particular hospital injected Park with an illegal substance, and we’re preparing to hold it civilly and criminally liable.”
Park, 25, won 400m freestyle gold and 200m freestyle silver at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, becoming the first South Korean Olympic swimming medalist. He won silver medals in the same events at London 2012.
“He hasn’t even taken cold medicine so that he wouldn’t fail doping tests,” Park’s management agency said, according to Yonhap. “Park is more shocked by this result than anyone else.”