WBSC welcomes ASOIF Governance Review with significant progress showcased

WBSC welcomes ASOIF Governance Review with significant progress showcased
21/06/2022
The WBSC was the highest-ranked IF among ASOIF Associate Members and scored above average for an IF of its size and resources. Overall, the WBSC’s score increase of 46 was the second largest across participating IFs where the average gain was 14 points.

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) has been recognised as one of the most improved international federations in terms of governance following the publication of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) Fourth Review of International Federation (IF) Governance.

A score of 159 out of a possible 200 saw the WBSC move from Group C to A2, the second-highest group, in addition to ranking 12th among 33 IFs. The WBSC was also the highest-ranked IF among ASOIF Associate Members and scored above average for an IF of its size and resources.

Overall, the WBSC’s score increased by 46 since the previous review in 2019-2020, the second largest increase across participating IFs where the average gain was 14 points. Baseball and softball’s global governing body was also recognised for its commitment to financial transparency, introduction of term limits and updated electoral rules.

WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari commented: “Good governance is a key priority for the WBSC and we are delighted to see our efforts recognised in the latest edition of the ASOIF Governance Review. Most importantly, the continual improvements we have made in our governance have benefitted the global baseball and softball community and ensured the highest standards of integrity within the WBSC.”  

“In line with our new Strategic Plan, we will continue to follow the latest best practices to further enhance the WBSC’s governance moving forward and to promote a culture of good governance among our entire global community.”

In addition, the WBSC improved across all five sections of the review – transparency, integrity, democracy, development and control mechanisms – demonstrating its most significant gain in transparency. The WBSC was also referenced six times in ASOIF’s best practice examples with notable mentions for its electoral process and rules, governance support for members, anti-discrimination activity and internal financial controls.

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