League Notes: MLB To Send International Scouts To Rio's Baseball Escolar Social Project
MLB will be represented by several of its int'l scouts at Rio's Baseball Escolar social project on Nov. 1-2 "to cast an eye over some of the city’s young baseball hopefuls." Run by Uilson Oliveira, "the program gives youngsters a chance to break away from Rio’s traditional sports and test new ground in a game yet to break into the Brazilian mainstream" (RIO TIMES, 10/29). ... Kenya "is the latest country to come under scrutiny from the World Anti-Doping Agency after failing to investigate a spike in athletes testing positive for banned substances." Since the start of last year, 17 Kenyan runners "have failed doping tests," compared with two between '10 and '12. However, a task force to examine the extent of the problem, which was promised by the Kenyan authorities in Oct. '12, "has yet to report back" (London GUARDIAN, 10/30).