Geneva, January 28, 2019:

The Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA) and the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition (PCSFN), recently announced a broad partnership to promote sport integrity across America and worldwide. This agreement is the first of its kind for SIGA with a U.S. government entity and represents a key milestone in the parties’ efforts to safeguard sport globally.

The partnership is a strong strategic fit, leveraging the parties’ respective strengths, across three main objectives:

  • Sports’ positive values and social, educational, and cultural role;
  • Good governance, integrity, and transparency in sport; and
  • Development and protection of children and young people in and through sport.

In the spirit of mutual recognition and shared commitment, PCSFN and SIGA will work together to implement SIGA’s Universal Standards in sports organizations. Focus is also given to the promotion of health, well-being, physical activity, and nutrition through sport.

Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros, CEO of SIGA stated: “Today’s announcement is another solid step in SIGA’s journey and recognition of its vital role. The relationship with the United States Government and the President’s Council, now formalized, represents a powerful opportunity to instigate the much-needed reforms and restore people’s trust in sport. Through our combined efforts, we are committed to encourage other governments to join us at the forefront of the fight against corruption in sport.”

Holli Richmond, Executive Director of the U.S. President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition stated: “The President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition looks forward to working with SIGA on making a collective impact in the sport integrity space. There is so much to be done in the United States, not only to encourage more kids to play sports but also ensuring that they have access to the resources that keep them safe.

In the interests of transparency, the Memorandum of Understanding between SIGA and PCSFN is published on SIGA’s website.

About SIGA

SIGA is the world´s largest coalition in the field of sport´s governance and integrity. Supported by more than 100 international multi-industry supporters, SIGA is an independent and neutral organisation whose mission is to bring about meaningful reforms and enhance the integrity of all sports through a set of universal standards operated by an independent and neutral body. SIGA is the only organisation to bring together sport, governments, academia, international organisations, sponsors, business, rights holders, NGOs and professional services companies, from every region in the world, around a common cause of fostering greater integrity throughout sport. For the list of SIGA Members & Committed Supporters, please visit http://siga-sport.net/siga-members/.

For more information on SIGA, including its vision, mission and reform agenda, please refer to the website: www.siga-sport.com.

To contact SIGA, please email: comms@siga-sport.com. Find SIGA on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SIGAlliance.

About the U.S. President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition

The President’s Council’s mission is to increase sports participation among youth of all backgrounds and abilities and to promote healthy and active lifestyles for all Americans. Since 1956, the Council has created and promoted programs and initiatives that motivate people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to be active and eat healthy. The President’s Council is made up of athletes, physicians, fitness professionals, and entrepreneurs who are appointed by the President and serve in an advisory capacity through the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

For more information on the U.S. PCSFN, including its mission and vision and information on Council members and staff, please visit www.fitness.gov.  Follow the President’s Council on Twitter @FitnessGov.

To contact the U.S. PCSFN please email: fitness@hhs.gov