The Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA) is mobilising its athlete and coaching ambassadors known as the “SIGA Champions” during lockdown. In a series of video messages released via social media, SIGA Champions render homage to health professionals and other key frontline workers, and send a message of hope, inspiration and confidence to children and young people across the globe.

Today, SIGA is releasing the first six videos, including messages from: the first female British Commonwealth Boxing Champion, Stacey Copeland; Brazilian Olympic Medallist and Basketball Champion, Kelly Santos Müller; 2-time Paralympian Wheelchair Tennis champion and a 10-time member of the USA World Team, Karin Korb; Portuguese professional football coach, João Tralhão; Captain of the Colombian Basketball Team, Yanet Maria Arias Acosta; and, last but not least, female Brazilian professional soccer player, Tabata Viana.

These talented athletes and coaches’ encouraging messages are timely reminders to #BePositive, stay motivated and healthy during the pandemic. They also express thanks and gratitude to the health care professionals and key workers who are risking their lives during the crisis.

Katie Simmonds, General Counsel and Senior Director, Global Partnerships, at SIGA, stressed:

“The SIGA Champions come from diverse geographies and a variety of sports, but have one key denominator in common: Integrity! Integrity both on and off the field, track, ring or pitch. SIGA embraces and values the voices of athletes and coaches that have a huge role to play and embody the values SIGA advocates: fair play, honesty, teamwork and integrity. They are an inspiration to young and old. We join them in thanking all frontline workers, and we thank them for keeping us motivated and positive during these challenging times.”

You can download the videos here.

This is the 17th in a set of 30 boosting measures being announced and developed by SIGA.

SIGA STRIVES Measure 18 will be announced next week! Stay tuned.