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Federation taps ex-WADA exec Moser

1/19/2009 - MLB

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- The International Baseball Federation appointed Jean-Pierre Moser as its anti-doping manager on Monday.

The World Anti-Doping Agency's former director of its European office, Moser will oversee the drug-testing program before and during the World Baseball Classic from March 5-23, the IBAF said in a statement.

"Having someone of Jean-Pierre's ability on board as we enter the World Baseball Classic again reaffirms how serious the sport is with regard to WADA compliance," IBAF president Harvey Schiller said.

In late 2007, the IBAF hired Nicki Vance of Australia as its anti-doping manager in the buildup to the 2008 Olympics. Baseball was voted off the Olympic program by the IOC in 2005: it was part of the Beijing Games but will not be at the 2012 London Olympics. Baseball and softball are lobbying to be reinstated for 2016.

The doping problem in professional baseball -- and lack of rigorous testing and sanctions -- was a factor in the sport's exclusion from the Olympics.

Moser worked for WADA's European office from 2006-08. Prior to joining WADA, he was the financial director for the International Motorcycling Federation.