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.

IBAF hires anti-doping manager

December 21st, 2007

For International Baseball Federation (IBAF) and World of Baseball, performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) is always a serious issue for them being knock out from London 2012, to persuade Olympics Authority, they start to do as much as they can, and recently IBAF has hired a new anti-doping manager of its campaign to win reinstatement as an Olympic sport.

The one they choose is Nicki Vance, who is an Australian who has nearly 20 years of experience in the field, including a year’s stint at the World Anti-Doping Agency.

IBAF president Harvey Schiller said the federation needed a full-time anti-doping specilalist heading into the 2008 Beijing Olympics. “Our goal is to establish a leadership position in education and testing to eliminate the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sport,” he said in a statement.

The hiring follows last week’s release of the Mitchell Report in the United States on the use of performance-enhancing substances in major league baseball.

“Like a lot of sports that are on the Olympic program the professional leagues don’t come under the control of the federation,” Schiller said. “I believe we will be able to set a standard for all sports that have professional organizations associated with them.”

Good news is IBAF conducted 24 drug tests on the four teams at the Asian Championships and Olympic qualifier in Taiwan earlier this month, and All came back negative. However, they are all Asian, which is less influence or almost none effect or related to the Steroid Storm with Mitchell Report.

The doping problem in professional baseball — and lack of rigorous testing and sanctions — was a factor in the sport’s exclusion from the Olympics. Baseball was voted off the Olympic program by the IOC in 2005. It will be part of the Beijing Games but not the 2012 London Olympics. Baseball and softball are lobbying to be reinstated for the 2016 Olympics.

Hope this step is a Giant one to help baseball back to Olympics.

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