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WBSC establishes new Integrity Unit to safeguard future of baseball and softball

October 14, 2020

PULLY, Switzerland - -     WBSC establishes new Integrity Unit to safeguard future of baseball and softball



WBSC establishes new Integrity Unit to safeguard future of baseball and softball

PULLY, Switzerland; 14 October 2020 -- The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today announced the establishment of the WBSC Integrity Unit, a centralised hub for promoting and ensuring integrity within the organisation.

The mission of the WBSC Integrity Unit is to enhance fair play and transparency, protect athletes' rights and promote inclusiveness, and further enhance governance. The Unit will be chaired by WBSC Secretary General Beng Choo Low.

"I am honoured to be appointed Chair of the WBSC Integrity Unit," Choo Low said. "I look forward to building on the great progress already made at the WBSC. The Integrity Unit reinforces the WBSC's commitment, as the world governing body of the sport, to good governance and protecting the rights of all athletes and members of the baseball-softball family, as our sport is practiced by approximately 65 million athletes across more than 140 countries and territories."

In line with the WBSC Strategic Plan for 2021-24, the Unit will be responsible for integrity-related tasks such as safeguarding, governance and compliance, legal, anti-doping, anti-manipulation of competition, control mechanisms, and implementing and adjusting rules, regulations and norms.

WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari said:

"Congratulations to Beng Choo Low for taking on this crucial new position of Chair of the WBSC Integrity Unit. As we look forward to a full competition calendar and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games next year, we are pleased to take this significant step to continue safeguarding the future of baseball and softball, and upholding the highest standards of integrity at WBSC."

Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) President Francesco Ricci Bitti added:

"I congratulate the WBSC for the establishment of its Integrity Unit. This is a further confirmation that our "Good Governance" project is boosting a culture of governance improvement among our members. I welcome all activities gathered under the umbrella of the WBSC Integrity Unit, which will streamline the use resources and foster the development of a network of experts that will help all of us in our future endeavours."
 
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Contact: media@wbsc.org.
 
About the World Baseball Softball Confederation
Headquartered in Pully, Switzerland -- adjacent to Lausanne, the Olympic Capital -- the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) is the world governing body for baseball and softball. WBSC has 211 National Federation and Associate Members in 138 countries and territories across Asia, Africa, Americas, Europe and Oceania, which represent a united baseball/softball sports movement that encompasses over 65 million athletes and attracts approximately 150 million fans to stadiums worldwide annually.
 
The WBSC governs all international competitions involving official National Teams. The WBSC oversees the Premier12, the World Baseball Classic and Baseball World Cups (U-12, U-15, U-18, U-23 and Women's), and the Softball World Cups, (Men's, Women's, U-18 Men's, U-18 Women's and U-12 Mixed), and Baseball5 as well as Baseball, Softball and Baseball5 events at the Olympic Games.

For more information, visit www.wbsc.org, which is available in six languages: English, French, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Traditional Chinese.

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