POSTED: July 8th 2014

IOC: No tolerance for discrimination warning World Baseball Softball Confederation

LAURA WALDEN in LAUSANNE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has formally issued a warning to the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) after the Israeli flag and nameplate were removed by the local organizers at the Tunisian General Congress in May.

This was clearly against the Olympic Values to maintain respect for all members of the Olympic Movement and against the articles of the WBSC. The confederation is striving to get back on the Olympic Programme and this won’t help the efforts.

The IOC Executive Board are convening in Lausanne and President Thomas Bach declared, "It is a clear signal that the IOC is not accepting any kind of discrimination.”

Bach appointed a special task force to investigate the matter with IOC Executive Board member Patrick Hickey in charge. Hickey informed the Executive Board that the WBSC has already moved quickly on the matter and taken “investigative and preventative measures in response to the incident”.

The WBSC suspended the Tunisian Baseball Softball Federation for six months and took other measures to sanction the organization for the incidence.  

However given the serious nature of the matter IOC Executive Board decided to issue a warning to the WBSC regarding this incident to ensure that a similar situation is not repeated in the future.

Keywords · IOC · Olympics · World Baseball Softball Confederation · Thomas Bach

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