European Athletics President to give keynote at Forum of over 100 sport industry leaders.

The Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA) today finalised arrangements for the first ever SIGA Sport Integrity Forum which will bring together more than 100 leaders from the world of sport, finance, business and civil society to discuss the reforms that are urgently required to foster greater integrity throughout the sports industry.

The Forum will be held on Monday 30 January 2017 at the headquarters of SIGA member, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen will deliver the keynote address. Hansen has been a strong voice on integrity in sport for many years and has set about instigating a “cultural revolution” against corruption within his own sport of athletics.

The Sport Integrity Forum will include panel discussions on SIGA’s three core areas: good governance in sport, financial integrity and sports betting integrity. The speakers on each of the panels have been selected based on their vast experience and expertise as SIGA looks to encourage a lively, interactive and highly-informed debate which not only addresses the current issues, but identifies the next steps needed to protect the integrity of sport.

The audience at the Forum will reflect SIGA’s diverse membership, which currently includes more than 80 leading organisations and champions from across sports organisations, governments, international organisations, academia, sponsors, rights holders, NGOs and professional services companies from every region of the world. This diverse membership and the wider sports movement have been vital in contributing to the development of SIGA’s Universal Standards which aim to provide best practice across good governance in sport, financial integrity and sports betting integrity.

The SIGA Council said:

“We are delighted to be hosting our first ever SIGA Sport Integrity Forum and have no doubt there will be some lively and absorbing debates throughout the day. The Forum will bring together experts from a wide range of organisations across the world of sport. While they may hold different opinions on how change should be implemented, they are all united in the belief that reform is urgently needed.

“The Forum will be an excellent platform to discuss and debate the most pressing issues and we greatly encourage all those in attendance to express their views. SIGA is an alliance built upon the principle of collaboration. At SIGA, in consultation with our members and the wider sports movement, we have been developing our Universal Standards based on the very best of best practice to ensure they are as relevant as possible, appropriate and beneficial for the entire sports community.”

The SIGA General Assembly will take place at the headquarters of the ICAEW the day after the Forum on 31 January.