Alberto Murray, 56 years old, lawyer and former President of the Brazilian Olympics Ethics Commission, expressed full commitment to SIGA’s reform agenda, and following the SIGA Special Session on Global Leadership & Anti-Corruption in Sport (read and watch) provided his insights on the matter.

Former athlete, and self-entitled activist of the Olympic movement, Murray has often expressed his concerns regarding corruption in sport.

He pointed out illegal actions, including the bidding process for major sports events, such as the 2016 Olympic Games. Carlos Arthur Nuzman, former President of the Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB), was one of his targets. He was convicted to a 30 years sentence, after being found guilty of corruption, criminal organisation, money laundering and tax evasion.

The biggest vulnerability in Sport is the lack of transparency, as many sports entities don’t have consistent anti-corruption control bodies. Together with the independent action of SIGA members, this is the beginning of modern and transparent management. All sports organisations must pursue this modern structure”, Murray told

Alberto Murray called for a united front to tackle corruption and criminal infiltration:

“Since the eruption of corruption scandals in major international sports organisations were discovered, the fight against corruption has improved, but what has been achieved is not enough. I compare this of corruption to the fight against doping. To face doping the IOC and federations created WADA, which I support. I also support the creation of a global organisation, an agency for Anti-Corruption in Sport”.

According to Murray, who sent his message on the occasion of the SIGA Special Session to mark the Anti-Corruption Day, “a global body would be a great help to fight illegal activities”.

In Denmark, there is an independent entity called Play the Game, which assesses the degree of transparency and corporate governance in the country. In Brazil, there is an organisation called Sou do Esporte, which also does this work. There are isolated actions in some countries, but all entities must talk to each other. We need joint actions between all countries”, he added.


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