Jason Batzofin (of MSSA) is IESF’s retiring Players’ Commission Chairman
It is IESF’s duty to protect all players who participate in IESF events.
The IESF Player’s Commission was created in 2016 for this very purpose. Each member on the Player’s Commission serves a 3 year term. It is now coming up to the end of 2019 and thus, the end of the three year term for all who are currently serving in the Players’ Commission.
The Players’ Commission has no role in any selection disputes, disciplinary hearings or anti-doping involving athletes. The Commission serves a far greater purpose and that is to represent the athletes’ best interests to the IESF Board.
The founding and current Players’ Commission consists of Jason Batzofin (South Africa), Koen Schobbers (Netherlands), and Madeleine Leander (Sweden). This will be the end of their full term and thus a new election will be held.
Each National Federation’s Players’ Representative shall
have one vote each and shall elect six members of which half shall be male and
half shall be female.
However, should a National Federation’s Players Representative not be able to attend, such Players’ Representative may appoint a member of such National Team attending IESF’s 11th World Championships to vote on his/her behalf.
The voting shall take place at IESF’s 11th World championships, and IESF shall make a venue and time available for all the National Federation’s Players’ Representatives to meet.
It is at such meeting that the various eligible retiring Players’ Commission members and National Federation’s Players’ Representatives shall state which of their number are making themselves available for election. However, if there are not a sufficient amount of players standing for election then Players may offer to stand for election even though they are not National Federation’s Players’ Representatives, but as long as they are members of a national team at such World Championships.
It is further emphasized that gender equity shall be enforced and that 50% of the six person commission shall be female on this commission that does not allow more than one representative per country.
Only National Federation’s Players’ Representatives are allowed to vote, and in order to qualify as such and athlete shall:
- Have a seat, as per the NF’s own Constitution/Statutes, on the Board of such member federation, and
- Have reached the age of majority, and
- Have represented such member federation in a national team at an IESF accredited event, and
- Not be older than 30 years of age.
This is a vital position that requires athletes who are dedicated and committed to ensuring a better environment for all athletes.
IESF President, Colin Webster, stated, “IESF is proud of the contribution made by the members of the inaugural commission. All members worked well during their term of office and have created a culture within the commission that will ensure that all esports athletes are protected.”
All athletes interested in participating in this exciting endeavour are urged to contact Jason Batzofin on
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