CPBL boss blames Sports Administration for withdrawal

The China Post
Date: October 4, 2016
By: Joseph Yeh

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The head of Taiwan’s professional baseball league on Monday said that “poor coordination” by the Sports Administration had resulted in its decision to withdraw Taiwan’s team from the 2017 World Baseball Classic (WBC).

CPBL Commissioner John Wu (吳志揚) told local media that the Sports Administration had sufficient time to negotiate between the CPBL and Taiwan’s Chinese Taipei Baseball Association (CTBA).

According to Wu, the Sports Administration showed “no respect” to the CPBL when it selected the national team’s manager without first consulting the league.

The “extremely poor coordination effort” forced the league to hold an emergency meeting with four CPBL teams on Sunday, Wu said.

During the meeting, the league decided to withdraw its previous offer to provide assistance to members of the national team, including draftee selection, training, and holding practice matches in preparation of next year’s 16-team tournament, he said.     [FULL  STORY]

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