October started with important and encouraging news for Sport Integrity: the G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group reached a consensus on the high-level Principles on Tackling Corruption in Sport.
The G20, currently under Italian presidency, has selected Anti-Corruption in Sport as one of its three priorities for the current year. The Sports Integrity Global Alliance’s (SIGA) inaugural World Congress on Global Leadership and Anti-Corruption in Sport held in Rome in February 2020 played a major role in contributing to this important decision.
The G20 High-Level Principles on Tackling Corruption in Sport is seen as a pivotal moment for all those advocating increased powers to act on sports corruption and law enforcement.
“It is a huge step forward in many ways. It brings the assumption of strong leadership from the G20 to act concertedly to tackle corruption in Sport. This has been done for the first time ever and is one of the operational priorities for the current year. It is a process we are proud to have contributed to”, stated Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros, SIGA’s Global CEO, quoted by Inside World Football.
Macedo de Medeiros reinforced the call to action, urging all sports governing bodies and national and international authorities to prioritise the full implementation of SIGA’s Universal Standards on Sport Integrity. Those, together with SIGA Independent Rating and Verification System (SIRVS) are the silver bullet to ensure Good Governance in Sport, Financial Integrity in Sport, Sports Betting Regulation, and Youth Development & Protection in Sport – SIGA’s four pillars for a clean sporting industry. SIGA’s Global CEO emphasised once more the need for “global leadership” as the only “solution to solve global problems”.
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