About Us

The WBSC Integrity Unit is a specialised unit of the World Baseball Softball Confederation with the aim to ensure that integrity related issues within the WBSC will be addressed with transparency and great expertise. 

The WBSC Integrity Unit handles all integrity-related matters in international Baseball and Softball, including anti-doping, safeguarding, ethical breaches, betting-related issues and any kind of result manipulation. It protects the integrity of the sports by investigating and prosecuting violations; strengthening the capacity to prevent potential future wrongdoing; and ensuring that the WBSC complies with its obligations under the World Anti-Doping Code, the WBSC Consitution, By-laws, Rules and Regulations. Moreover, The WBSC Integrity Unit protects the rights of the athletes at all times creating a safe, diverse and trustful environment for them to shine and enhances the Governance of the WBSC by applying very stringent standards of Good Governance and Accountability.

VISION: To protect the integrity of the World Baseball Softball Confederation and to ensure a clean and inclusive environment for everyone.

MISSION: To enhance fair play and transparency, protect athletes’ rights and promote inclusiveness to strengthen the governance within the WBSC and its members.

VALUES:

  • Team Spirt & Friendship
  • Integrity & Respect
  • Tradition & Innovation
  • Diversity & Unity
  • Excellence & Fun

Meet the Team

Naomi Bloetjes
Liaison of the Unit – Governance & Compliance Officer

Victor Isola
Medical Commission – Integrity Commission, Anti-Doping Coordinator 

Amy Park
Athletes Commission, Legal Commission, Diversity and Inclusivity Commission, Women’s baseball Development Commission, Safeguarding Officer

Mariela Gonzalez
Paralympic Commission, Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Officer 

Our Tasks:

  • Anti-Doping
  • Compliance
  • Ethics
  • Governance 
  • Humanitarian
  • Medical
  • Legal
  • Paralympic
  • Prevention of Competition Manipulation
  • Rule-making
  • Safeguarding
  • Sustainable Development

The Integrity Unit Logo is Simple and Clean, like the spirit of the community that we are building every day. The Black and White colours are indicating that on integrity matters there is no room for grey areas! 

Anti-Doping

WBSC – WORLD BASEBALL SOFTBALL CONFEDERATION 
Anti-Doping Rules are based on Wada’s Models of Best Practice for International Federations and the World Anti-Doping Code.

Anti-doping Rules 2021

The World Anti-Doping Agency, during its constant work of updating, released a new World Anti-Doping CODE that came into force on 1 January 2021; it is the core document that provides the framework for harmonised anti-doping policies, rules and regulations within sport organisations and among public authorities.

WADA, during its constant work of updating, released a new World Anti-Doping CODE that came in force from 1 January 2021; it is the core document that provides the framework for harmonised anti-doping policies, rules and regulations within sport organizations and among public authorities.

It works in conjunction with 8 International Standards aimed at bringing harmonisation among anti-doping organisations in various areas.

Links to International Standards:

WADA also put in evidence and included in its website all the changes made compared to the old Code (2015). However, on the Anti-Doping eLearning platform (ADEL)you will find all the information related to the WADA Anti-Doping Code 2021.

For more information please visit the WBSC's Anti-Doping section HERE >>

Prevention of Competition Manipulation

What is Competition Manipulation in Sport?

Competition manipulation is an intentional arrangement aimed at improperly changing the result or the course of a sports competition, to remove all or part of the unpredictable nature of the sports competition with a view to obtaining an undue benefit for oneself or others. 

Competition manipulation occurs when a participant(s) in a Baseball/Softball competition (an athlete, athlete support personnel, official, referee, judge, etc.) cheats to remove the unpredictability of a competition. The participant knowingly underperforms or deliberately makes wrongful decisions affecting the result or course of a competition, which is entirely against the Olympic spirit. The reason behind such an action would be either to gain a sporting advantage (e.g. facing an easier opponent in the 2nd round of a tournament) or to gain a financial benefit, notably linked to sports betting.

What are the Rules and Violations?

In order to best fight against competition manipulation, the WBSC has adopted the WBSC Code on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions in line with the Olympic Movement Code on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions. Breaches of the WBSC Code on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions and the Olympic Movement Code can result in severe damage to your reputation and your sport, and moreover lead to disciplinary sanctions and criminal sanctions.

Breaches include:

  • Betting on one’s sport and/or on the sports event in which you are a participant;
  • Competition manipulation;
  • Sharing of inside information;
  • Corrupt conduct;
  • Failure to cooperate;
  • Failure to report.

If such a breach is identified, there will be disciplinary proceedings which could lead to disciplinary sanctions for the sportspersons involved.

Always Report & Contribute to Protecting the Integrity of Baseball/Softball

Relevant breaches of the Code not only undermine the credibility of your sport, but also the credibility of the overall sports movement and all athletes. It is therefore not only a responsibility, but also a moral duty of all of us to report anything that comes to our attention and looks suspicious. It is our right and obligation to contribute to protecting the moral integrity of our fellow athletes and our sport by reporting in a secure manner any potential breach that comes to our attention at your earliest opportunity.

The IOC Integrity Hotline is accessible for anyone at any time to confidentially and anonymously report any suspicious actions that have come to your attention: www.olympic.org/integrityhotline

You can also report directly to the WBSC by using the following email: whistleblowingreport@wbsc.org

Please consult the following documents:

Sports Betting

Sports betting has brought about a number of developments and had numerous consequences, including a tremendous increase in the number of sports betting operators and in sports betting revenue, together with huge changes in the range of sports betting offered, in particular with the emergence of new types of betting (fixed odds betting now represents 90% of the market).

The IOC first recognised the importance of sports betting at the Olympic Games in Athens 2004, in connection with the risks linked to these activities. Since then, the IOC has been very much involved in combating competition manipulation. Ahead of the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin, specific rules for the protection of the event were set up, including the prohibition for participants to bet on or promote sports betting during the Games. Since then, dedicated rules have been approved for each edition of the Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games. In December 2015, the IOC adopted the Olympic Movement Code on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions, as part of the IOC Code of Ethics and also referenced in the Olympic Charter. The Olympic Movement Code on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions mirrors and implements – from the sports side - the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions, the international legal instrument that seeks to address the phenomenon internationally.

To step up its efforts in this field, the IOC created the Integrity Betting Intelligence System (IBIS) in January 2014, which operates on a continuous basis during and outside the period of the Olympic Games. Using a secure, protected and confidential IT platform, IBIS enables communication between the Olympic Movement stakeholders and the various entities involved in sports betting about any irregularities detected. Today, IBIS cooperates with numerous sports betting entities: private and governmental sports betting operators, the largest associations of sports betting operators (the Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) and the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA)), numerous regulatory authorities and various other entities in the sports betting industry.

Generally, sports betting is not a problem. A well-regulated and controlled sports betting market further engages sport fans and channels interest and enthusiasm towards sport. Additionally, there are numerous sports betting operators that are traditional financial supporters of sport on all levels, as well as key social causes. However, it is also true that numerous risks arise from the strong involvement of sports betting within the contemporary sports sector and sponsorship relations. These risks, including the possibility of competition manipulation, need to be thoroughly taken into account and mitigated by sports organisations. For example, there are clear reputational and credibility risks if an incident of competition manipulation calls into question the overall nature of fair and clean sport. At the same time, the sports betting industry recognises that such incidents also jeopardise the credibility of their markets, and consequently it is of crucial importance for them to contribute to the efforts undertaken against the phenomenon. 

For these reasons, we invite all WBSC Members to consult the following documents:

List of Sanctions

Believe in Sport awareness campaign In order to prevent the proliferation of competition manipulation, the WBSC together with the IOC and its educational campaign "Believe in Sport", first and foremost seek to ensure that all athletes, officials and support personnel  are aware of the Code of Conduct of the Olympic Movement Unit on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions in order to protect themselves and Baseball/Softball from threats linked to competition manipulation.

Code of Conduct - Preventing Competition Manipulation

In early May 2021, the IOC launched a new campaign, aimed at raising awareness of the risk of competition manipulation among qualified athletes, their entourage members and officials in the lead-up to Tokyo 2020, while empowering them to “MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION”. The campaign, led by the Olympic Movement Unit on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions (OM Unit PMC), is being activated at different levels. The WBSC is actively on board spreading the campaign throughout its community with its four Ambassadors:

Giovanni Pantaleoni
Baseball, Italy
"You are an Olympian now, respect yourself, your opponents, your sport and spare no effort, that's what Olympians do."

Ayako Rokkaku
Baseball, Japan
"I love and respect the athletes who put their hearts into the spots. Let's be true and be yourself."

Randolph Oduber
Baseball Aruba
"Always give 100%. Win or lose you will never have a regret because you know you gave it your all."

Ashley Stephenson
Baseball, Canada
"We all love competing and winning but the importance of competing clean cannot be overstated. Remember to respect yourself, your country and your sport. Play true!"

The Believe in Sport Campaign provides a wide range of informative and ready-to-use resources, including audio-visual materials, a mobile app and e-learning courses for the Olympic Movement stakeholders to teach themselves and raise awareness about the threats of competition manipulation in sport. For more information: Believe in Sport  campaign and Toolbox

E-learning on competition manipulation
The Believe in Sport e-learning course on competition manipulation is a 20-minute online course, available on the IOC’s Athlete365 platform, aimed at specifically athletes and coaches, but also available for officials and athlete support personnel, and sports administrators. It is available in 11 languages and accessible here: Prevention of Competition Manipulation e-learning course.

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Safeguarding

What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding is the action we take to ensure all children and adults are kept safe from harm when involved in WBSC Events. It refers to the processes and mechanisms of ensuring that sports and sporting events are safe settings for all and in which human rights are fully respected.

World Baseball Softball Confederation has established Safeguarding from Harassment and Abuse By-Laws.

Defining Harassment and Abuse

WBSC has adopted the definition of harassment and abuse as set out in the IOC Consensus Statement.

Harassment and abuse can be expressed in five forms which may occur in combination or in isolation. These five categories are i) psychological abuse, ii) physical abuse, iii) sexual harassment, iv) sexual abuse, and v) neglect.

These forms of abuse are defined here as:

  1. Psychological abuse means any unwelcome act including confinement, isolation, verbal assault, humiliation, intimidation, infantilisation, or any other treatment which may diminish the sense of identity, dignity, and self-worth.
  2. Physical abuse means any deliberate and unwelcome act such as for example punching, beating, kicking, biting and burning that causes physical trauma or injury. Such act can also consist of forced or inappropriate physical activity (e.g., age or physique inappropriate training loads; when injured or in pain), forced alcohol consumption, or forced doping practices.
  3. Sexual harassment any unwanted and unwelcomed conduct of a sexual nature, whether verbal, non-verbal or physical. Sexual harassment can take the form of sexual abuse. Some individuals deliberately target sports activities in order to gain access to athletes. Grooming may occur over several years before an individual makes a move.
  4. Sexual abuse any conduct of a sexual nature, whether non-contact, contact or penetrative, where consent is coerced/manipulated or is not or cannot be given.
  5. Neglect within the meaning of this document means the failure of a coach or another person with a duty of care towards the athlete to provide a minimum level of care to the athlete, which is causing harm, allowing harm to be caused, or creating an imminent danger of harm.

Harassment and abuse can be based on any grounds including race, religion, colour, creed, ethnic origin, physical attributes, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, socio-economic status and athletic ability. It may be in person or online. Harassment may be deliberate, unsolicited and coercive. Harassment and abuse often result from an abuse of authority, meaning the improper use of a position of influence, power or authority by an individual against another person. The IOC Consensus Statements 2008/2016 consider that harassment and abuse are on a continuum, and therefore should not be separated.

Other than the above five categories of harassment and abuse, Other than the above five categories of harassment and abuse, more specific definitions have been set out in the IOC Consensus Statement (2016):

  1. Athletes with disabilities: Those who have long term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments that, in interaction with certain barriers, may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.
  2. Bullying: Bullying (or cyber bullying if conducted online) is unwanted, repeated and intentional, aggressive behavior usually among peers, and can involve a real or perceived power imbalance. Bullying can include actions such as making threats, spreading rumours or falsehoods, attacking someone physically or verbally and deliberately excluding someone.
  3. Child and adolescent: Every human being below the age of 18 years unless, under the law applicable to the child, majority is attained earlier. Early childhood relates to those below 8 years of age. Juvenile or young person and adolescents.
  4. Hazing: An organized, usually team based, form of bullying in sport, involving degrading and hazardous initiation of new team members by veteran team members.
  5. Homophobia: Antipathy, contempt, prejudice, aversion or hatred towards lesbian, gay or bisexual individuals.
  6. Negligence: Acts of omission regarding athlete safety. For example, depriving an athlete of food/or drink; insufficient rest and recovery; failure to provide a safe physical training environment; or developmental age-inappropriate or physique inappropriate training methods.
  7. Safe sport: An athletic environment that is respectful, equitable and free from all forms of non-accidental violence to athletes.

Scope of Application

The WBSC Safeguarding from Harassment and Abuse By-Laws applies:

  • During any WBSC Event;
  • To all participants of any WBSC Event;
  • To alleged incidents of harassment and abuse.

“Participants” shall mean all those, individual competitors (Athletes) and teams, officials, managers and other members of any delegation, referees and jury members and all other accredited persons including WBSC employees; 

The “WBSC Event” shall mean the entire duration of the competition, including the travelling time.

In Competition Policy

This is intended to help safeguard Athletes and other Participants from harassment and abuse in the sport during World Baseball Softball Confederation’s Events. This policy applies to all accredited persons on site from the official arrival and registration of the teams to the departure of the teams as indicated in the official event outline.

  1. For each WBSC Event, there will be a WBSC Safeguarding Officer nominated and available 24/7 throughout its duration;
  2. In competition Safeguarding Officer will be designated by WBSC;
  3. The Safeguarding Officer must be a person who has received safeguarding training;
  4. The WBSC Integrity Unit will get all the reports and issues the in competition Safeguarding Officer has received during the event.

In-competition Safeguarding Officer’s responsibility during the WBSC Events has to:

  1. Safeguard athletes and accredited participants during the events;
  2. Be the main contact point for any safeguarding concerns that occur during the events and provide support for athletes who need advice and assistant;
  3. Make sure to record details that were told by the concerned person without inputting any interpretations or assumptions and report it to the WBSC Integrity Unit;
  4. Make sure that the reporting forms are completed and send a copy to the WBSC Integrity Unit as soon as possible;
  5. Be aware and prepared of any unexpected and unprofessional approach to the concerned person by anyone including officials, other athletes, or spectators. The athletes must be at the place where any information shared to the Officer is secured safely;
  6. Provide appropriate support to anyone who concerns of possible abuse, or who has been subject to abuse;
  7. Keep confidentiality of any information of the concerned person and if necessary make referrals to the WBSC Integrity Unit, the Police, the medical services and/or other appropriate agency;
  8. Not make any investigation by own under any circumstances;
  9. Inform all complaints and concerns that occurred during the events.

List of Sanctions

How to Report

To report a case you can contact the WBSC Integrity Unit at the following email: safeguarding@wbsc.org

English

Spanish

All matters pertaining to an alleged incident of harassment and abuse, in particular reports of harassment and abuse, personal information of the concerned persons, other information gathered during investigations and results of investigations (“Confidential Information”) shall be regarded as confidential. 

The WBSC may disclose Confidential Information to appropriate persons or authorities if: 

  1. a failure to disclose such information may cause harm to someone, or 
  2. such information relates to a potential criminal act that comes to the attention of the WBSC. 

IOC Prevention of Harassment and Abuse in Sport

As in all sectors of society, sport is not immune to the presence of harassment and abuse. Evidence demonstrates that harassment and abuse occur in all sports, in all countries, and at all levels of sport expertise.This is compounded by a lack of regulatory policies, procedures and protective mechanisms in sports organisations.

The IOC has developed a number of initiatives to raise awareness of this important topic and facilitate the implementation of safeguarding policies and procedures by sporting organisations, as well as implementing measures within its own jurisdiction. The core IOC Prevention of Harassment and Abuse in Sport initiatives include: 

The Games-time Framework is also available in: Spanish, French

Here you will find the links to the YOG Buenos Aires 2018 Framework in: English, Spanish, French

  • The IOC Toolkit for IFs and NOCs related to creating and implementing policies and procedures to safeguard athletes from harassment and abuse in sport.
    • This toolkit aims to assist IFs and NOCs in the development and implementation of policies and procedures to safeguard athletes from harassment and abuse in sport. Developed in collaboration with 50 stakeholders from inside and outside of the Olympic Movement, the Toolkit is endorsed by The Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), The Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF), and The Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF). In recognition that organisational, cultural and logistical differences occur between sports organisations, the IOC Toolkit offers a multi-tiered solutions-based approach to the core components of athlete safeguarding.

The toolkit is also available in: Spanish, French

Safeguarding Education Materials

The IOC educational tools seen below have been developed related to athlete safeguarding.          

These tools are free to take and to share.

Safeguarding Athletes from Harassment and Abuse

(This course is presented in English).

Participants must first register on Athletes365 for access to this course.

Info:

  • For athletes & entourage members;
  • Led by experts & athletes;
  • Features a review of each section and a final quiz;
  • Certification of completion available.

This course takes approximately 45-55 minutes to complete.

https://olympics.com/athlete365/courses/safeguarding/

IOC Sexual Harassment & Abuse Video Series

(Videos are in English. Subtitles will be available in French, Spanish, Russian and Chinese in June 2021)

Info:

  • For athletes, coaches & sports organisations;
  • 9 interactive videos featuring first person experiences of harassment and abuse in sport;
  • Highlights different forms of harassment and abuse.

Each video is between 3m30s and 5m / total run time approx. 40 minutes.

https://olympics.com/athlete365/what-we-do/integrity/safe-sport/sexual-harassment-and-abuse-in-sport/

Draw the Line

(Available in English, French, Spanish, and Russian).

Info:

  • Oriented toward younger athletes;
  • Interactive scenario-based learning;
  • Focuses on different forms of harassment and abuse;
  • Certificate available upon completion;

This course takes approximately 5-10 minutes to complete.

https://drawtheline.olympics.com/#eyJ1c2VyX2lkIjoia3BxVVdRMjRXR2VZVDU4WCJ9

Consent in Sport

(Video in English with subtitles available in French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic & Chinese).

Info:

  • For athletes & their entourage;
  • Appropriate for youth athletes;
  • Includes a short, animated video and informational web page.

Sport should be a safe environment for everyone and talking about consent is just one part of our work to help prevent harassment and abuse in sport.

https://olympic.com/athlete365/integity/what-is-consent/

IOC Female Athlete Health 

(These modules are currently only available in English).

Info:

  • For female athletes & their entourage;
  • 13 interactive modules;
  • Part of a wider series.

Each module will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.

https://www.olympicresources.com/Home/Welcome

Healthy Body Image

(Videos are in English with subtitles available in French, German, Spanish, Russian, & Chinese).

Info:

  • For athletes, parents & coaches;
  • Video series (4 individual videos);
  • Focus on healthy eating & exercise habits.

Each video runs between 3 and 4 minutes.

https://olympics.com/ioc/healthy-body-image

IOC Safeguarding Webinar Series for International Federations (2019)

This series, consisting of 10 two-hour webinars, was open to all International Federations of sports on the Summer and Winter Olympic programmes, and was presented between September and November 2019. Each session, led by some of the world’s leading experts in the field of child protection and athlete safeguarding, focuses on the common challenges faced by sports organisations looking to build policy and implement athlete safeguarding measures.

https://olympics.com/ioc/safe-sport/ioc-athlete-safeguarding-webinar-series-for-international-federations

IOC Safe Sport Webinar Series for NOCs (2020/2021)

This 9-part series was created to assist National Olympic Committees by raising awareness of the important topic of athlete safeguarding and facilitating the implementation of Safe Sport initiatives by bringing together experts from across the sporting spectrum to deliver informative, interactive, and regionally relevant online sessions.

https://olympics.com/athlete365/what-we-do/integrity/safe-sport/ioc-safe-sport-webinar-series-for-national-olympic-committees/

The IOC safeguarding materials can be found on both Athlete365 and Olympics.com.

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