Press releases 12th May 2020

SIGA launches White Paper on Sport Integrity

The Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA) is announcing today the White Paper on Sport Integrity as part of the global coalition’s #SIGASTRIVES action plan. The White Paper on Sport Integrity is a key component of the SIGA reform agenda and their global strategy. It marks the first time that Sport Integrity, in all its dimensions, will be addressed in an independent, multi-stakeholder and comprehensive manner on a global scale.

With this 12-month thought leadership project, SIGA will deliver three core objectives:

• To provide an independent strategic analysis of the role of sport and its constituents in relation to all dimensions of Sport Integrity;
• Promote an inclusive and informed debate on the main integrity issues in sport and build consensus on the most apposite solutions; and
• Foster the implementation of action-oriented global integrity reforms across all key areas and levels of sport.

To accomplish these aims, SIGA is currently establishing six multi-stakeholder Expert Groups – one for each of the six Core Areas the White Paper will cover. This will ensure the appropriate information exchange and knowledge sharing, as well as to promote insightful discussions, guide the research and shape the content that will ensure it reflects the views of the key stakeholders and relevant authorities, and benefits from their inputs. Those six key themes are:

  1. Good Governance in Sport
  2. Financial Integrity and Sustainability in Sport
  3. Sports Betting Integrity
  4. Youth Development and Child Protection in Sport
  5. Safety & Security in Sport
  6. Anti-Doping

The composition of all the internal structures, including a high-level Strategy Advisory Board, Steering Group and Expert Groups, will be announced in the coming weeks with representation across the entire industry. The development of the White Paper on Sport Integrity will be coordinated by Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros, CEO of SIGA and Chairman and CEO of SIGA AMERICA, and counts on the institutional support and participation of UEFA, US President’s Council on Sport, Fitness and Nutrition, Mastercard, ICSS INSIGHT and many other public and private partners. Additional details to be announced soon, including entities representing sport, government, global business, international organisations, civil society and academia.

Commenting on the significance of this pioneering project, Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros, stressed: “The challenges facing Sport and the wider industry are far worse today than they were before this global pandemic. As we progress towards an uncertain future and an incoming economic crisis, it is clear that the promotion and protection of integrity are now more critical than ever.

“Sport is at a crossroads. We simply cannot wait any longer for reforms that should have been implemented 10 to 15 years ago! That’s why SIGA and our partners are assuming leadership and moving this project forward, as a truly independent initiative, driven by a multi-stakeholder effort and co-owned by the industry.”

This is the eighteenth in a set of thirty boosting measures and initiatives being announced and developed by SIGA. SIGA STRIVES Boosting Measure 19 will be announced later this week! Stay tuned.

• This media release was published by the Sports Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA) on 12 May 2020. Click here for the original.

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