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Taiwanese player banned indefinitely

Aug. 14, 2008, 11:30 a.m. (ET)

BEIJING (AP) A Taiwanese baseball player expected to take part in the Olympic tournament has been banned indefinitely by the sport's governing body after failing a drug test.

The International Baseball Federation (IBAF) said Thursday that third baseman Chang Tai-shan had been suspended "until further notice." Chang had initially been banned for one game - Taiwan's 5-0 win over the Netherlands on Wednesday - pending the testing of his "B'' sample.

No other details of Chang's positive test, including the type of drug involved, were released by the Taiwanese federation.

Taiwan is one of eight baseball teams participating in the Beijing Games. The sport is widely popular on the island and millions of fans follow the team.