Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros, SIGA’s Global CEO, inaugurated the Anti-Corruption Week 2023 with a powerful speech that underscored the organization’s commitment to combat corruption in the world of Sport. In his address, Macedo de Medeiros emphasized the need for tangible action and announced SIGA’s intention to promote the creation of a Global Sport Integrity Fund. This fund aims to provide vital resources for the promotion and protection of the integrity of Sport, emphasizing the importance of transparency and accountability within the industry:
“Corruption and other crimes in sport must be criminalized by all States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption. To this end, SIGA will set up a multi-stakeholder action plan to ascertain which countries criminalize corruption in Sport and which do not. This analysis will be made public in the interest of transparency and accountability. In order to overcome the general deficit of knowledge, expertise, and know-how on the prevention and fight against corruption in Sport among law enforcement and the judicial system, as well as governments and sporting organizations, SIGA will provide them with training, education, and capacity-building services.
SIGA will encourage governments to increase investments in the promotion and protection of the integrity of sport. These data will also be made public so that the public can see who is investing in the integrity of sport and who is just paying lip service and window dressing.
In response to the increased lack of means and resources faced by many sports organizations, SIGA will promote the creation of a Global Sport Integrity Fund. This is a long-standing commitment of SIGA whose implementation was affected by the global pandemic. Now that the pandemic seems to be behind us, we will set up a multi-stakeholder task force with the aim of further developing this concept and taking the necessary action. Our view is simple: Among other potential sources of revenue, the Sport Integrity Fund may encompass a percentage of revenues generated by the commercial exploitation of broadcasting rights, sponsorship deals, and sports betting”.
SIGA at #COSP10 UNCAC
As the Anti-Corruption Week gains momentum, SIGA reaffirms its dedication to the cause by actively participating in the 10th Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (#COSP10 UNCAC), taking place in Atlanta. In addition, SIGA is actively engaging in the Private Sector Forum, a two-day special event organized by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the United Nations Global Compact, highlighting its commitment to collaborative efforts against corruption.
In a collaborative effort to further the fight against corruption in the world of sports, SIGA is hosting a special session jointly with the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) on Integrity and Anti-Corruption in Sport. This session will serve as a platform for the exchange of ideas and strategies to promote integrity within the industry, emphasizing the importance of cooperation among stakeholders. SIGA’s dedication to transparency, accountability, and integrity remains steadfast as it continues to lead the way in the global fight against corruption in sports.