WBSC’s work on the Prevention of Competition Manipulation used as best practice example during IOC Workshop


Maintaining the integrity of baseball and softball was also cited among IF Best Practices during the IOC SPOC Workshop.

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) gave a presentation on Tuesday about the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) rigorous efforts to prevent competition manipulation to other International Sports Federations (IFs) as part of the IF Single Point of Contact (SPOC) Workshop. .

WBSC Chief Operating Officer Marco Ienna, who also serves as WBSC’s SPOC and oversees the activities of the Integrity Unit, delivered an influential presentation as part of the IF Best Practices segment. His presentation focused on WBSC’s strong training campaign and extensive webinars and e-learning programs made mandatory for athletes, the environment, Technical Officials and staff in preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and WBSC World Cups.

In its commitment to promoting fair play and sportsmanship, WBSC passed the Prevention of Competition Manipulation (PMC) Act in 2021 to replace the Sports Betting Regulations in effect from 2017.

Aware of the special risk associated with baseball and softball competitions, particularly major events such as the Olympic Games, WBSC has launched a comprehensive education campaign for Tokyo 2020.

As part of this effort, the WBSC has appointed ambassadors who play a pivotal role in spreading the PMC message across men’s and women’s baseball, softball, and Baseball5.

The WBSC, in conjunction with the IOC, has organized a series of two-part webinars on competitive manipulation, one for Game Officials and one for athletes and their communities. Spanish simultaneous translation was provided for the webinars held in English and open to all relevant National Federations. Additionally, WBSC has successfully conducted two training sessions during official meetings, further enhancing awareness and understanding of the PMC Code.

Maintaining the integrity of the game is one of WBSC’s top priorities. Special episode on PMC It is located on the WBSC website. WBSC has also incorporated the IOC’s online course into its teachings to strengthen the educational process.

Referees, scorers and technical officials who completed the course were required to sign a waiver declaring that they were committed to abiding by the code of conduct and that they understood the principles set out in the PMC Code.

WBSC is committed to proactively addressing competitive manipulation and exploring other ways it can educate the global baseball and softball community and ensure a level playing field for all.

Wednesday, 17 May 2023

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