In 1981, the then-IOC President, Juan Antonio Samaranch, created the IOC Athletes Commission. Its creation was confirmed by Rule 21 of the Olympic Charter.
Role of the WBSC Athletes Commission:
- Serves as a consultative body and is the link between active athletes and the WBSC.
- Represents athletes and upholds the rights and obligations of the athletes.
- One Baseball and Softball representative each serves as a member of the WBSC Executive Board.
- The Commission makes recommendations to the WBSC’s Executive Board.
- This Commission is composed of athletes elected by the athletes during the WBSC World Championships and must balance gender and sports.
- Awareness-raising among athletes of all categories in reference to anti-doping.
- Supports and follows the initiatives of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), e.g. promoting the anti-doping passport, and harmonizing rules and sanctions.
- Warns about the risks of using nutritional supplements.
- Supports other commission activities as needed.