Park Tae-hwan Apologizes Over Doping Scandal

      March 30, 2015 09:38

      Star swimmer Park Tae-hwan on Friday tearfully apologized for being embroiled in a doping case.

      "I know no words can convey how sorry I am to be here and speak about a shameful thing like this," Park told reporters. "I profusely apologize to everyone from the bottom of my heart. I feel ashamed for causing this trouble for something unacceptable like this. I humbly ask for your forgiveness."

      Park Tae-hwan speaks at a press conference in Seoul on Friday.

      Park has filed a complaint against his doctor in an attempt to escape sanction. Prosecutors said Park "unintentionally" received injections of Nebido, widely known as an erectile dysfunction treatment containing testosterone, a substance banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

      It is unclear how many times Park was given the injection. The doctor claims a blood test at the end of October 2013 showed that Park had low testosterone levels, so injections of hormones were given in December 2013 and July 2014.

      But Park claims he went to the clinic for skin treatment and the doctor never told him the injections contained hormones. The facts should become clearer in court.

      Park has been banned from the sport for 18 months dating back from the failed doping test in September last year.

      Asked what he would do if he does get a chance to compete in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Park said, "However tough training will be, I'll be able to withstand it as an act of penance, but as I let many people down, I think time for self-restraint and self-reflection should come first."

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