March 11 – Coronavirus fears have prompted SIGA to postpone its VI SIGA Sport Integrity Forum and general assembly, scheduled for 24-25 March in New York. The integrity group will now rearrange for a date in the Autumn.
Concacaf president Victor Montagliani and UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin had both been scheduled to speak, alongside a mix of leaders in sports, politics and law enforcement.
“This decision was made taking into serious consideration the current status and uncertainty of the Coronavirus spread around the world, increasing travel restrictions and the state of emergency recently declared by the Governor of New York, as well as our commitment to the health and well-being of our speakers, supporters, partners and participants,” said SIGA CEO Emmanuel Macedo de Medeiros.
“While very disappointed, I would like to express, on behalf of SIGA and SIGA AMERICA, our deep appreciation to the vast number of leading organisations and influential leaders who had committed to speaking at the Sport Integrity Forum. We count on their support and participation when the time is suitable to commence the Forum and General Assembly, hopefully by this Autumn…”
“Thank you for your understanding and relentless support. The fight for Sport Integrity is not a convenience. It is a necessity and a top priority. We will not slow down on our efforts. On the contrary, with the active engagement of our growing community and support of all like-minded organisations, we will use this time to continue moving our agenda forward and implementing the much-needed integrity reforms across the whole industry.”
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