New Zealand Olympian Nikki Hamblin, right, led anti-doping sessions for players at the WBSC U-12 Mixed World Cup in Chinese Taipei ©WBSC

International Testing Agency (ITA) agents have made presentations on anti-doping to players participating in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) WBSC U-12 Mixed Softball World Cup in Chinese Taipei.

It was the first time the ITA has staged sessions in conjunction with the WBSC since the two organisations started working together in 2020.

"Considering the young age of athletes participating at the event, the focus of the presentation was on sport values," the WBSC said.

Each presentation invited participants to consider the meaning of "fair play", "respect," "equity" and "inclusion in sport".

In interactive sessions the youngsters were invited to consider how these values related to clean sport.

Each participant received a certificate for attending a "Values for clean sport," education session.

The youngsters were also invited to add their own personal commitment message to the certificate.

A total of 80 players from all five participating nations, eight coaches and 10 other officials attended the two presentations held during the tournament won for the second consecutive occasion by Chinese Taipei, who beat the Czech Republic 3-2 in the final.

Presentations were led by New Zealand Olympian Nikki Hamblin, who is now an ITA educator after winning Commonwealth Games silver medals at 800 and 1500 metres New Delhi 2010.

Hamblin was recognised by the International Committee for Fair Play following her actions at Rio 2016 when she helped American athlete Abbey D’Agostino after a fall during their 5,000m heat.