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Doctor charged in Park doping case

SEOUL: South Korean prosecutors announced on Friday charges against a doctor for giving Olympic swim star Park Tae-Hwan an injection without disclosing it contained the banned steroid testosterone.The 24-year-old four-time Olympic medallist blamed the injection — administered last July — for a positive drug test on urine samples he provided

By our correspondents
February 07, 2015
SEOUL: South Korean prosecutors announced on Friday charges against a doctor for giving Olympic swim star Park Tae-Hwan an injection without disclosing it contained the banned steroid testosterone.
The 24-year-old four-time Olympic medallist blamed the injection — administered last July — for a positive drug test on urine samples he provided in September, prior to the Asian Games.
Briefing local media, a spokesman for the prosecutors’ office said the doctor, identified only by his surname Kim, was being charged with causing injury through negligence, the Yonhap news agency reported.
The news that Park had failed a doping test broke last month and his management agency filed a formal complaint that triggered a prosecutorial probe of the hospital where he received the injection.
The spokesman said Park had asked if the injection contained any substances that might show up positive in a dope test, but had been told by the doctor that there was no cause for worry.
While accepting the doctor might not have known testosterone was a banned substance, prosecutors said he had a professional obligation to confirm all the contents of any medicine he administered and their possible risks.