4th July 2019

Former baseball professional injected academy players with steroids

A warrant for the arrest of former professional baseball player Lee Yeo-sang, 35, has been issued after he was found to have injected steroids into youth baseball players based at his academy, the Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) announced. The MFDA said that ten items including steroids, growth hormones and medical records were seized from classrooms and residences at the baseball academy operated by Lee. 

The MFDA said that it had ordered seven players at the youth academy to undergo doping tests under the supervision of the Korean Anti-Doping Agency (KADA). It said that two had returned adverse analytical findings (AAFs) for prohibited substances, and the remaining five are undergoing tests. 

The MFDA said Lee had charged 300,000 Korean Won (£204) per injection, generating 160 million Won (£108,800) per year. As a result of its investigations, it had discovered that Lee had told players: “You need to get medicine that makes you feel good so that you can perform well in a game and enter the professional baseball team or University that you want”. 

KADA has issued a statement acknowledging the investigation. The Korea Baseball Organisation (KBO) had yet to issue a statement, but told the Korea Times that it is considering introducing anti-doping tests for youth players. The Korean Professional Baseball Players Association (KPBPA) issued a statement denouncing Lee.

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