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Are Koreans ready to let Park Tae Hwan return to the Olympics?

By jubilantj   Wednesday, May 4, 2016   25,652   298   23



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The answer to the above question is a resounding "Yes" for 7 out of 10 Korean people. 

Yonhap News reported on a recent online opinion poll by realmeter, in which people of all ages from all over South Korea were asked whether Park Tae Hwan should be allowed to participate in the upcoming Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  

A total of 70.9% of the people surveyed either 'strongly agreed' (42.0%) or 'agreed' (28.9%) that Park should be given a second chance. On the other hand, only about 21.7% of people either 'disagreed' (15.2%) or 'strongly disagreed' (6.5%) on letting Park enter the Summer Olympics. 7.4% of people had answered, 'not sure.' 

SEE ALSO: Gold medalist Park Tae Hwan accused of drug use begs for a chance to participate in the Olympics

Broken down even further into age group and gender, older people and females generally seemed to prefer for Park Tae Hwan to participate in the Summer Olympics. 82.8% of people in their 60's, 76.9% in their 50's, 74.2% in their 40's, 63.2% in their 30's, and 52.3% in their 20's agreed that Park Tae Hwan should participate. 74.1% of women, as compared to 67.6% of men wanted to give Park Tae Hwan another opportunity. 

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YuzuHanyuPrince Sunday, May 8, 2016

I refuse to believe he did this deliberately so he should definitely return!

jennkyube Thursday, May 5, 2016

I am all for letting him participate, especially because it is the physician's fault he drank the medication with potentially abused substance in it. However, rules are rules (they were initially formed for a reason) so sadly, he won't be able to participate. I hope he won't, because if he did then it will just set a bad example. In the future more athletes will find a way to get the same exemption.

anomynous Thursday, May 5, 2016

I honestly would want him to participate in the olympics.. however, he did get fail the doping test.. even though it was the doctor's fault for providing the illegal substance. he was given an 18 month probation and S.korea's olympic committee rules are that if you fail the doping test, the athlete gets banned from representing the country for 3 years AFTER the initial probation given by the international olympic committee. it is a strict rule but all olympic countries has anti doping laws. In the US, if failed doping test, it is 2 or 4 years of ineligibility (depending on circumstances).

anomynous Thursday, May 5, 2016

like I said, it was the doctor's fault but if he were to participate before the ban was lifted, other athletes in Korea will take advantage of that and say that the doctor gave me the wrong stuff and will become the main excuse to get back on the olympic team. other countries may follow with that as well. if given a loop hole like this, some people can become liars--especially if it's a highly competitive sport.. on top of that, representing a whole country

federick Thursday, May 5, 2016

this poll is weird...feels like the Hunger Games

xiu_tingstars Thursday, May 5, 2016

From my knowledge, PTH's doctor prescribed a cold medicine that had drugs in them. PTH took them without knowing what was in it. But then again, you're not going to go up to a pharmacist and ask what's in a medicine. PTH, like most people, trusted his doctor to give it his all to try and heal him and his doctor clearly betrayed his trust and now PTH is suffering consequences that he probably shouldn't have suffered. I really do hope he gets to participate.

methodman88 Wednesday, May 4, 2016

What he do wrong? Drugs?

Wang_Sejung Wednesday, May 4, 2016

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kata Wang_Sejung Wednesday, May 4, 2016

i see you still cant do anything at home and bored so much.. how pathetic is your life :P

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jennkyube Wang_Sejung Thursday, May 5, 2016

*yawn* YOU need drugs to make that stupid useless brain of yours function.

Wang_Sejung jennkyube Thursday, May 5, 2016

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jennkyube Wang_Sejung Thursday, May 5, 2016

Yes she does occassionally for health reason. But then again, what do you know about medicine.. you're just a "French literature major" lmao you probably never even heard of "lymph node" before.

yj_cho93 Wednesday, May 4, 2016

One part of me says yes yes let him since he is amazing and korea at the moment does not have someone who is like him... but thinking for the future, if Korea does let him compete, this means that every other athlete who get caught and is suspended also has to be given the opportunity for a second chance just because Park Tae Hwan did.

kata yj_cho93 Wednesday, May 4, 2016

actuallywhat he did ? his doctors responsibility what happened and the drog tests very strict and sometimes very idiot. More over the hungarian swimmers needs a good opposition so i hope will on the Games :)

yj_cho93 kata Thursday, May 5, 2016

This is my opinion and I am entitled to it. BUT he did fail a drug test. He STILL did the drug and eventually got caught. HE made the decision to take the drug given by his doctor. No one can make these decisions for him, he needs to take responsibility for his actions. Look at all the famous people who are given a lot of crap for doing drugs that are prescribed by their doctor and yet we're going to let it go for an athlete? I am actually a huge fan of a Park Tae Hwan but thinking logically about this if we give a second chance to him, this gives the right to all athletes to beg for a second chance after they're suspended for failing a drug test.I mean Park Tae Hwan can't represent Korea forever, I wish he could, but he cant.. There needs to be the next swimmer that can step up to the legacy that he had left behind. He is now 28- Korean Age. This is the age that most athlete make the decision to retire. Let's say he is able to go, can we be sure he can win a medal?

xiu_tingstars yj_cho93 Thursday, May 5, 2016

^so you're saying that he needs to take responsibility for his actions? He took a medicine for his illness. He trusted the doctor to give the medication that was right for him. Let's say you're sick and go to the doctors. The doctor says "Oh you have this kind of illness. Here's a prescription and where to get the medicine." So you go to a pharmecist and receive the medicine. Take the medicine, but lets say one day you had to do some kind of a test and the testers say that they found cocaine or marijuana in you. Clearly, you hadn't done any sort of drug before but all of a sudden the people are telling you that you CLEARLY did because of the test. Would you feel guilty or not guilty? Would you think 'oh that's my fault because i didn't ask what was in the medicine i took for a simply cold or something'? Would you think that this whole situation was caused by you or the doctor/pharmacist?

nami_chan Wednesday, May 4, 2016

ugh just give him a second chance everybody deserves it

michinpabo Wednesday, May 4, 2016

So now we know the percentage of Knetizen haters in S. Korea. 6.5%

qnaug michinpabo Wednesday, May 4, 2016

correction 21.7% .....

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