Beatrice Allen named vice president of WBSC

Beatrice Allen named vice president of WBSC

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) has appointed Beatrice Allen as vice president.

The Gambian has been vice president of the Gambia National Olympic Committee since 2009, and a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for 11 years. 

She has also been a member of multiple IOC Commissions, including the Coordination Commission for the Rio 2016 Games and the IOC Women in Sport Commission, and has been head of the Gambia Softball Association (GSA) and chair for the Special Olympics since 2014.

The new appointment means the WBSC’s executive board of 14 now includes four women, and follows the governing body’s signing in October of the International Working Group Brighton Plus Helsinki Declaration on Women and Sport, which provides principles to guide action aimed at increasing the involvement of women in sport.

The WBSC also appointed Panama’s Meliton Sanchez as global ambassador for softball, Antonio Castro of Cuba as global ambassador for baseball, Baseball Federation of Asia (BFA) leader Tom Peng as baseball executive vice-president, and USA Softball’s Craig Cress as softball executive vice president.

Guatemalan IOC executive board member Willi Kaltschmitt was re-elected as the second vice president.

"The WBSC is honoured and excited to welcome an experienced and distinguished world sports leader like Beatrice Allen as new WBSC vice president," said WBSC president Riccardo Fraccari.

"Her knowledge and expertise, from world issues like women in sport and diplomacy to development in Africa, will be a major asset to the WBSC executive board and our federation as a whole, as we aim to evolve baseball and softball into a one billion-member global sport over the next decade and retain Olympic status in 2024, 2028 and into the foreseeable future.

"The WBSC and our 202 national federations and associate members across 143 countries have never been as strong, ready, or in a better position to realise this shared global vision."

"WBSC under President Fraccari is very serious about baseball and softball's international expansion and about the role women can and must play if the vision is to be realised,” added Allen. "That's why it's a welcome honour, privilege and responsibility for me to take on this new global challenge with WBSC.

"I am particularly motivated to work with President Fraccari and the other distinguished members of the WBSC executive board to break down barriers and achieve historic new milestones in baseball and softball, and in world sport."

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) has appointed Beatrice Allen as vice president.

The Gambian has been vice president of the Gambia National Olympic Committee since 2009, and a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for 11 years. 

She has also been a member of multiple IOC Commissions, including the Coordination Commission for the Rio 2016 Games and the IOC Women in Sport Commission, and has been head of the Gambia Softball Association (GSA) and chair for the Special Olympics since 2014.

The new appointment means the WBSC’s executive board of 14 now includes four women, and follows the governing body’s signing in October of the International Working Group Brighton Plus Helsinki Declaration on Women and Sport, which provides principles to guide action aimed at increasing the involvement of women in sport.

The WBSC also appointed Panama’s Meliton Sanchez as global ambassador for softball, Antonio Castro of Cuba as global ambassador for baseball, Baseball Federation of Asia (BFA) leader Tom Peng as baseball executive vice-president, and USA Softball’s Craig Cress as softball executive vice president.

Guatemalan IOC executive board member Willi Kaltschmitt was re-elected as the second vice president.

"The WBSC is honoured and excited to welcome an experienced and distinguished world sports leader like Beatrice Allen as new WBSC vice president," said WBSC president Riccardo Fraccari.

"Her knowledge and expertise, from world issues like women in sport and diplomacy to development in Africa, will be a major asset to the WBSC executive board and our federation as a whole, as we aim to evolve baseball and softball into a one billion-member global sport over the next decade and retain Olympic status in 2024, 2028 and into the foreseeable future.

"The WBSC and our 202 national federations and associate members across 143 countries have never been as strong, ready, or in a better position to realise this shared global vision."

"WBSC under President Fraccari is very serious about baseball and softball's international expansion and about the role women can and must play if the vision is to be realised,” added Allen. "That's why it's a welcome honour, privilege and responsibility for me to take on this new global challenge with WBSC.

"I am particularly motivated to work with President Fraccari and the other distinguished members of the WBSC executive board to break down barriers and achieve historic new milestones in baseball and softball, and in world sport."