Taipei, Marc 10 (CNA) A former head of the now-defunct Sports Affairs Council, Lin Te-fu (林德福), was named Friday to take over the position as director-general of the Sports Administration under the Ministry of Education (MOE).
The appointment was announced by the Executive Yuan one day after Taiwan was eliminated from the 2017 World Baseball Classic after losing three games in the Pool A division being held in Seoul, South Korea.
Premier Lin Chuan (林全) said earlier in the day that the Executive Yuan will conduct a comprehensive review of the operations and functions of the Sports Administration and the Chinese Taipei Baseball Association, including personnel arrangements for the Sports Administration.
According to the Executive Yuan, Lin served as chief of the Cabinet-level Sports Affairs Council from 2002 to 2004. The council was downgraded to an agency under the MOE in January 2013 during government organization reforms.
Lin, 62, instigated and oversaw during his two-year tenure in the Cabinet the merger of the country's two professional baseball leagues, and he also initiated a system of having draftees on alternative military service to be trained as professional baseball players.
The Yilan County-born politician is also known for promoting the 2009 World Games to be held in Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan, and for helping to organize the Taiwan national team for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, in which the team won a total of five medals, including two golds.
Lin wrote a post on his Facebook page Thursday after Taiwan was defeated by South Korea 8-11 to be ousted from the World Baseball Classic, that "it is time to reform the sport of baseball (in Taiwan)."
(By Scarlett Cai, Worthy Sheng and Elizabeth Hsu)