The World Baseball Softball Confederation has announced its first officials to have qualified as IOC Safeguarding Officers ©WBSC

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) has announced its first officials that have qualified as International Olympic Committee (IOC) Safeguarding Officers.

The three qualified officials are Athletes Commission members Randolph Oduber and Erika Polidori, and Commission liaison Amy Park.  

They completed a course that covered information about the policies, procedures, systems and structures which need to be put in place to best respond to reported concerns around athlete safeguarding and protection.

The course was organised by the IOC’s Medical and Scientific Commission, with the graduation ceremony for the qualified individuals scheduled for September 12 at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne.

The International Safeguarding Officer in Sport Certificate was approved by the IOC Executive Board in September 2020, with the scheme the first of its kind as previously there was no minimum standard of education or training for safeguarding officers in sport internationally.

Safeguarding officers have been an important element of the WBSC Integrity Unit.

The unit’s chair, WBSC secretary general Beng Choo Low said: "The WBSC Statutes clearly state that all athletes in WBSC-sanctioned international competitions have the right to participate in safe sport.

"It means being able to compete and train in a respectful environment free from all forms of discrimination, harassment and abuse.

"There is no place in sport or society for discrimination, harassment or abuse, or anyone who takes advantage of athletes' trust."

The WBSC Integrity Unit launched a #SafeCall campaign last year, and released two videos focused on An Athletes Guide To Safe Sport.