SIGA focus on protection of minors in Portuguese hook-up; Doha Summit nears

September 6 – The Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA) has signed a co-operation agreements with the Portuguese Players’ Union to focus on the promotion of sport integrity and enhance the protection of minors in football.

“The agreement covers a wide range of areas, with focus on the following priorities: sports’ positive values and social, educational and cultural role; Good governance, integrity and transparency in sport; and the development and protection of children and young people in and through sport,” said a SIGA press release.

At the signing, Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros (pictured left), CEO of SIGA, said: “I have witnessed the excellent contributions the Portuguese Players’ Union has made. Their new training centre is the result of a strong vision, a reformist spirit, an impetus to innovate, and a sense of service to both the community and the players. SIGA looks forward to working side by side with our new partner to promote Sport Integrity.”

Portugal is a major gateway for South American players – and Brazilians in particular – into the European leagues. Illegal trafficking of young players has become a key concern of football’s governing bodies.

Joaquim Evangelista (pictured right), President of the Portuguese Players’ Union said: “Today, when it comes to the fight for integrity and defending good practices in Sport, SIGA is a reference at the global level. Our actions in Portuguese football and at the International level have much to do with defending integrity, with the fight against match-fixing, defending equality, protecting minors, and the fight against illegal trafficking… And all these themes are substantiated in the agreement we just signed.”

Doha Summit deadline

The SIGA Inter-Regional Summit, ‘Sport Integrity – The Power of Collective Action in the Middle East, Asia and Africa’ in Doha, Qatar on September 16-17 is the first time SIGA has taken its summit series to the Middle East. Last year the event was hosted by the Kosovo Olympic Committee.

Session titles include: SIGA: Collective action and the global push for sport integrity: Qatar: Host nation of the first sports mega events in the region; Major sports: What is being done to ensure the highest integrity?; The power of clean sport and its role in our region; Championing sport integrity on the field of play; Sports integrity: A catalyst for development, legacy and peace; Sport integrity and global business; Global challenges, regional challenges and international co-operation.

Speakers Announced include: Ângela Melo, Director of Policies and Programmes, Sector for Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO; Bettina Tucci Bartsiotas, Director, UNICRI; Densign White, CEO, International Mixed Martial Arts Federation; Franco Frattini, Chairman, SIGA; Houtan Homayounpour, Head of Project Office for the State of Qatar, International Labour Organisation; Michael Robichaud, Senior Vice President Global Sponsorships, Mastercard; Mohammed Hanzab, Chairman & CEO ICSS Group; Oliver Jaberg, Director of Integrity & Institutional Legal, FIFA

Session titles include: SIGA: Collective action and the global push for sport integrity: Qatar: Host nation of the first sports mega events in the region; Major sports: What is being done to ensure the highest integrity?; The power of clean sport and its role in our region; Championing sport integrity on the field of play; Sports integrity: A catalyst for development, legacy and peace; Sport integrity and global business; Global challenges, regional challenges and international co-operation.

Registration for the conference is free at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/siga-inter-regional-summit-tickets-64969035133

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