October 6, 2020 by Charlie Eisenhood in Livewire, News with 0 comments
The World Flying Disc Federation has approved a new non-discrimination policy, effective as of September 20th.
The policy, which is available as a PDF on WFDF’s website, states that the “World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is fully committed to the principles and practice of equality of opportunity. It is responsible for ensuring that all people, irrespective of race or ethnic origin, culture, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, socioeconomic status, and physical attributes, have a genuine and equal opportunity to participate in Flying Disc at all levels and in all roles. That is, as a participant, coach, official, volunteer, manager, administrator, employee or spectator.”
WFDF also approved a new Safe Sport policy, which outlines the organization’s complaint procedures and commitment to a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination, harassment, and abuse.
“For WFDF and our members, we need to continue to grow our sport and make it more accessible to people of color,” said WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch. “This includes introducing the sport into developing countries in Africa and Latin America, supporting programs with our development grants. In the developed world, we need to encourage our member federations to grow their youth programs, especially in the inner cities, and to find ways to make our sport more accessible to different communities.
“We hope the introduction of this policy will encourage a constructive dialogue across our global Flying Disc family and we plan to host a racial equality workshop during one of our major events next year to provide our organizers and active athletes with the tools to better address the historical and current impact of discrimination, whether intentional or unintentional, explicit or implicit, as it relates to our sport.”