Sport Integrity Global Alliance appoints CEO, enters ‘start up’ mode

The Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA) has appointed Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros as its chief executive, with the coalition strengthening its operational structures and moving to a new implementation phase.

The SIGA General Assembly approved Macedo de Medeiros by acclamation following his initial election by the SIGA Interim Council on January 11. Macedo de Medeiros said: “SIGA has been my life since November 2015 and I pledge my full dedication to our cause over the next four years.

“We have achieved so much in the last two years but from now on we will be organised and more structured than ever before. Together, we will shift the discussion from talking about problems to finding solutions and implementing reforms.”

The SIGA General Assembly also elected the new SIGA Council, including the vice-chairs, by acclamation. The 13-member SIGA Council is composed of four officials dedicated to the sports sector. Javier Tebas, president of LaLiga, the organising body of the top two divisions of Spanish club football, has been named as a vice-chair.

Other members for sport include Brian Lewis, chairman of the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees (CANOC) and president of the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC); Densign White, chief executive of the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF); and Ian Smith, integrity commissioner of the Esport Integrity Coalition (ESIC).

During the General Assembly, SIGA outlined the strategic priorities for 2018, which include the addition of Youth Development and Protection of Minors as a new pillar of SIGA alongside Good Governance, Financial Integrity and Sport Betting Integrity.

SIGA chairman Franco Frattini said: “This General Assembly marked a critical moment in SIGA’s history. It marked our start up. We have moved from a preparatory phase to an implementation phase. We will now show we are honouring our commitment to implementing what we have promised. With the election of our CEO and Council we have all the necessary instruments to move to action and to make a real contribution to ushering in a new era for sport.”