Taiwan baseball player Chang tests positive

Tue Aug 12, 2008 10:58pm EDT
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BEIJING (Reuters) - Taiwan Olympic baseball player Chang Tai-shan has tested positive for a banned substance in a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) check, the International Olympic Committee said on Wednesday.

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

Chang will not be able to attend the team's first game against the Netherlands at the Beijing Olympics if he fails a second test, Taiwan's Central News Agency reported.

It did not identify the banned substance.

The island's baseball association has applied to WADA to have pitcher Chang take another urine test, the CNA report said.

The player may have taken a Chinese cold medication that contains a banned substance, an official with Taiwan's Olympics Committee told Reuters. Players were advised to avoid these medications during the Games, he said.

"The medications are not illegal, but they're banned for Olympics athletes," he said. "I'm not clear on what happened. I'm not a doctor."

(Reporting by Ken Wills, Ralph Jennings and Karolos Grohmann; editing by Keith Weir)