Posted on September 13, 2019

Mohammed bin Hanzab, Vice-Chairman of Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA), said Qatar is a pioneer in supporting integrity, transparency and fighting corruption in sport in the region and around the world. He added that it seeks to create a legacy through its vision and strategy for the future.

Bin Hanzab, who is also Chairman and CEO of the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) said the State of Qatar provided initiatives that aims to achieve integrity in Sports. One of those initiatives is SIGA, which is the first independent and self-financed international organisation dedicated to sports integrity. It was founded in 2016 after efforts led by the ICSS to establish this international alliance, which includes more than 100 members of international organisations, sports federations, major sponsors of global sports and civil society organisations.

In press conference held in the attendance of SIGA CEO Emanuel Medeiros, bin Hanzab said that in compliance with Qatari efforts to support sports integrity and fight corruption, Doha will host the two-day SIGA Inter-Regional Summit on Monday and Tuesday. Attended by Minister of Culture and Sports H E Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali and nearly 60 integrity experts, the conference will discuss a number of suggestions and ideas which aim to provide solutions to move forward in the fight against corruption and achieve sports integrity.

The SIGA Vice-Chairman thanked the wise leadership for the great support the State of Qatar provides to eliminating corruption in sport and achieving integrity. He added that after the great success SIGA has achieved on a European and international level, the alliance is currently discussing sports corruption in Asia, Africa and the Middle Eastern region. It is also working on setting appropriate suggestions to eliminate it and achieve transparency. He added that SIGA received several suggestions from many countries in the region for partnership and support to eliminate sports corruption.

Bin Hanzab thanked the Ministry of Culture and Sports for sponsoring the conference, as well as Qatar Airways, Ooredoo and the other sponsors. He added that the regional summit will discuss providing assistance to national associations in many countries through contributing to improving the organization of world sports championships and also assisting in drafting legislation and laws aimed at the protecting sports and achieve integrity. He added that the State of Qatar is one of the first countries that supported achieving sports integrity and transparency, highlighting that the ICSS partnered with the Qatari league and other sports institutions in Qatar. He added that a national strategy to fight corruption will be announced and called on other countries to follow Qatar in achieving integrity and transparency.

For his part, CEO of the Sports Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA) Emanuel Medeiros Qatari officials for hosting the SIGA Inter-regional Summit. He noted that the State of Qatar is the first in the region in terms of sports facility, adding that it was the only country that uses modern technology in sports. He praised the country for its commitment in sports, noting that this commitment has added a lot to international sports. On the summit, Medeiros said that the outcomes of the summit will definitely help combatting sport corruption. He said that the summit will shed light on the seriousness of corruption in sport in the region, and to develop solutions by encouraging countries to adopt SIGA’s international standard legislation.

He added that another topic discussed is the importance of collective action among the region’s countries to enact legislation on integrity and to combat corruption in sport, as its crimes has now become transcontinental in nature.