29 September 2017; Las Vegas: This week, Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA) Coordinator Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros delivered an impassioned speech at the ACAMS 16th Annual Anti-Money Laundering & Financial Crime Conference in Las Vegas. He emphasised that “there is no monopoly in the field of sport integrity” and reaffirmed “SIGA’s commitment to unite all stakeholders and drive a cohesive effort to safeguard sport”.
Medeiros spoke in front hundreds of participants and leading experts from the anti-money laundering industry, regulatory agencies and law enforcement officials at the two-day international conference, which attracted more than 2,500 attendees from all over the world.
Medeiros presented a special report on key areas, including ethical standards, financial integrity and governance issues in sports. He also addressed areas such as the role of US law enforcement and regulatory authorities in the fight for integrity in sport, and made a strong call for an independent clearing house system for sport-related financial transactions as a means to prevent and combat money laundering, tax evasion and financial fraud in the sector. During his address, the SIGA Coordinator alluded to the latest bribery scandal rocking NCAA basketball as “it shows that US sport in not immune”, and expressed SIGA’s willingness to collaborate with US sports organisations.
SIGA Coordinator Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros said:
“It is an honour to deliver an address to so many distinguished members of the anti-money laundering community. There has never been a greater need for sport to reform itself. In order to safeguard its reputation and regain people’s trust in what they love, sport needs to embrace a new culture, where financial integrity, transparency, accountability and independent oversight are number one priorities.
“There is no monopoly in the field of sport integrity and there’s certainly no room for egos here. Unless we all unite in a cohesive effort, sport will be the ultimate loser. The development of SIGA is supported by a wide community of leaders and senior representatives from a variety of sectors, including ACAMS, who are a highly valued supporter. However, we are always looking to collaborate with more stakeholders in sport and the financial industry to usher in a new era in the governance and integrity of sport.”
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