Anti-match fixing fund grows


A trust fund that holds part of the salaries of Taiwanese professional baseball players as a deterrent to match fixing now holds more than $2.6 million in assets. The fund was set up in 2010 after a series of betting scandals, with the players’ union acting as trustee. Retiring players, or those with an emergency, get their money back from the fund unless they have been found to have been involved in match fixing in which case the money goes into development of the sport. A court last month ordered pitcher Chang Chih-chia to repay his team $203,000 for his role in a match fixing scandal as compensation for hurting its image. Chang received a two year jail sentence in 2011.