Ex-mag­is­trate nom­i­nated as com­mis­sioner of CPBL

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOSEPH YEH

For­mer Taoyuan County Mag­is­trate John Wu ( ) was nom­i­nated as the new com­mis­sioner for Tai­wan’s most popular sport league, the Chi­nese Pro­fes­sional Base­ball League (CPBL, ) , yes­ter­day.

The nom­i­na­tion was made fol­low­ing a CPBL man­ag­ing board of direc­tors meet­ing dur­ing which four teams have jointly made the pro­posal, said Wang Hui-min ( ) , deputy sec­re­tary- gen­eral of the CPBL, told lo­cal me­dia yes­ter­day.

Ac­cord­ing to Wu’s as­sis­tant, the base­ball- loving politi­cian is hon­ored to take up the post.

Wu is ex­pected to of­fi­cially take up the seat next Fe­bru­ary be­fore the 26th CPBL sea­son be­gins next March.

The decision ended f i ve months of spec­u­la­tions on who will take over the vacancy left with the de­par­ture of for­mer com­mis­sioner Hwang Jenn- tai ( ).

The ex-chief of the CPBL ten­dered his res­ig­na­tion on July 25 to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for a broad­cast­ing dis­pute that has re­sulted in a huge loss of fans for the league over the past months.

The 45- year- old Wu of the Kuom­intang ( KMT) has re­cently suf­fered a sur­pris­ing de­feat in his re­elec­tion bid to op­po­si­tion Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party’s (DPP) Cheng Wen-tsan ( ) in Taoyuan as part of a na­tion­wide city and county head elec­tions held on Nov. 29.

Wu is seen by many as a po­lit­i­cal golden child as he was born into a fam­ily from which sev­eral mem­bers have been in­volved in pol­i­tics; most no­tably his fa­ther, Wu Po-hsi­ung ( ), was an im­por­tant Tai­wanese politi­cian and KMT heavy­weight.

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