June 22 – The International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) and the Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at fostering the prevention of and the fight against corruption in sport.
In their announcement the organisations recognised “the grave threats posed by corruption to the security and stability of societies, and their collaboration aims to counter these challenges by promoting ethical values, justice, sustainable development, and human rights.”
The partners emphasised the importance of international collaboration. IACA and SIGA collaboration will include joint projects, exchange of relevant information, capacity-building initiatives, and the promotion of best practices in anti-corruption measures.
Giovanni Tartaglia Polcini, SIGA’s Independent Chair, and G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group co-Chair, stated: “Sport is a multi-billion-dollar industry with intricate ties to public and private interests. High levels of public expenditure, and large-scale investment from sponsors, together with high-value media contracts, create an environment that presents significant corruption risks.
“Anti-Corruption international technical assistance and capacity building are strategic for legal framework development and the enforcement of bodies and authorities.
“Anti-corruption education supports prevention as it helps to nurture a culture of integrity and raise awareness in the wider society. That’s why the convergence of the IACA and SIGA is a very good news and a strong step for a new era of enforcement in the fight against corruption in sport.”
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