Taiwan baseball player fails doping test

August 14th, 2008

Bad news from Olympic Baseball, although Chang Tai-shan does not have any relationship with Major League Baseball, he fails doping test by World Anti-Doping Agency before Olympic Start.

Baseball player Chang Tai-shan had returned a positive drug test in a World Anti-Doping Agency operation, the International Olympic Committee confirmed.

“The International Baseball Federation has confirmed the test. It was done outside the Olympic period (starting on July 27),” IOC spokeswoman Giselle Davies said.

The news will be devastating for the millions of Taiwanese fans who follow their team’s fortunes intimately.

It’s also bad news for China, which in recent months since the change of government in Taiwan has enjoyed a detente of sorts with its old enemy.

Taiwan Baseball Association secretary-general Lin Tsung-cheng said Chang, the third baseman in the team, had not played a part in its opening game against The Netherlands yesterday after the IOC had informed the association of the test results.

Lin, who did not name the drug involved, said a further test will be carried out and if it is positive, Chang will be banned from the rest of the Olympic baseball tournament.

The island’s baseball association has applied to WADA to have Chang take another urine test.

There is speculation that the baseballer may have taken a Chinese cold medication that contains a banned substance, an official from the Taiwanese Olympic Committee said.

Players were advised to avoid these medications during the Games. “The medications are not illegal, but they’re banned for Olympics athletes,” the official said.

“I’m not clear on what happened. I’m not a doctor.”

Baseball is Taiwan’s most popular sport, and Taiwan fans have come to Beijing to cheer on their team, which clinched a spot in the Games in March.

Tawain once hope any good news depends on the second sample, however, the result of B sample is positive too, Chang can not play in Beijing 2008, and probably more than three years at International Baseball, pending a hearing on August 17.

A Taiwan Olympics baseball player has failed a doping test, the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) confirmed Thursday, following the result of a second test sample.

The IBAF notified the Chinese-Taipei delegation at the Beijing Olympics that the B sample of Chang Tai-shan’s urine had tested positive.

The federation had on Wednesday suspended Chang, pending the result of the B sample taken during a test in Taipei on July 7.

A key hitter, Chang denied using banned substances, but said medication intended to improve his fertility or pills he took to cure a cold might be to blame.

The IBAF has scheduled a hearing for August 17 to decide on the length of Chang’s ban, according to the Chinese-Taipei Olympic Committee.

The IBAF, in conjunction with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), collected urine samples from the eight baseball teams that qualified for the Beijing Olympics.

On August 12, IBAF announced that the A sample of Chang’s urine had tested positive.

If the hearing fails to reverse IBAF’s decision, Chang is likely to be banned for three years, and will be the first Taiwan player to have failed a doping test.

Chang’s absence will hurt Taiwan’s chance of winning a medal in the Olympics baseball competition, which began on Wednesday with Taiwan beating the Netherlands 5-0.

Taiwan faced Japan Thursday evening, and has to take on each of the other six teams before learning whether it will advance to the semi-final.

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