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South Korea’s swimming start Park apologizes for doping ban

In this Sept. 21, 2014 file photo, South Korea's Park Tae-hwan adjusts his goggles after competing a men's 200-meter freestyle swimming heat at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, Former Olympic swimming champion Park Tae-hwan of South Korea has been banned 18 months for doping. Swimming governing body FINA says Park tested positive for testosterone in an out-of-competition drug test in September. The ban will begin retroactively the day of the positive test and expire March 2, 2016 — putting Park's participation in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics in doubt. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A tearful former Olympic swimming champion, Park Tae-hwan of South Korea, offered an impassioned public apology Friday, four days after receiving an 18-month ban for failing a doping test.

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Korean Oly body could give banned swimmer Park shot at Rio

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s Olympic body is considering easing its eligibility rules for athletes entering international competitions, which would allow banned former Olympic swimming champion Park Tae-hwan a shot at qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.

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