SIGA puts final touches to Middle East, Asia and Africa regional integrity summit

September 13 – The Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA) will hold its first high-level Inter-Regional Summit in the Middle East next week on September 16-17. 

Themed ‘Sport Integrity – The Power of Collective Action in the Middle East, Asia and Africa’, the event will focus on local issues in particular but also how they fit into the global sport integrity narrative.

Taking place in Doha the summit is co-hosted by the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) and Qatar Airways (Exclusive Airline Partner), and sponsored by Ooredoo (Supporting Partner) and Qatar Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Contributing Partner).

The summit will see the signing of a number of regional co-operation agreements between SIGA and sport stakeholders.

Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali, Minister of Culture and Sports for the State of Qatar, said: “I trust the summit will realise its goals and act as a platform to coordinate efforts of the international community to stamp-out cheating and corruption in sport.”

Organised as a mix of panels sessions and keynote speeches, the summit will explore issues, including:

  • Collective Action and The Global Push for Sport Integrity
  • Qatar: Host Nation of The First Mega Sporting 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 Regions
  • Championing Sport Integrity on The Field of Play
  • Sport Integrity: A Catalyst for Development, Legacy and Peace
  • Sport Integrity and Global Business
  • Global Challenges, Regional Approaches and International Cooperation

Franco Frattini, chairman of SIGA, said: “The need for sport integrity is greater than ever and SIGA works relentlessly to deliver this fundamental mission. We call upon all countries, all governments and the entire sports industry to join us in this quest and support our efforts.  By sports organisations adopting our Universal Standards we will ensure that the game is clean from undue influence and corruption.”

SIGA CEO Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros has long maintained that the integrity challenges facing sport are growing and that a global and co-ordinated solution is the only way to tackle them.

“The threats (to sport) are global and require global solutions, while taking into account the different regional specificities. SIGA is leading the way for sport integrity worldwide. This includes Europe and the Americas, but also Asia, the Middle East and Africa, where sport is more popular and vibrant than ever. We are committed to working with all relevant authorities and key stakeholders, from every nation, to protect sports’ values and its invaluable role in our societies. This Inter-Regional Summit will be a great step into that direction,” said Medeiros.

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