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European Swimming League to go through SIGA Independent Rating System

The European Swimming League regards SIGA’s Universal Standards and SIRVS Rating as vital to enhance its governance, transparency and accountability.

European Swimming League to go through SIGA Independent Rating System

The Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA) initiative was created as a drive to create greater public awareness of Good Governance, Financial Integrity, Sports Betting Integrity, and Youth Education and Child Protection and in 2021 secured the addition of Portuguese sports dailies A Bola, O Jogo and Record, and Spanish sports daily AS as key media partners.

LEN to implement the SIGA Universal Standards

The European Swimming League (LEN) is going to implement the SIGA Universal Standards on Sport Integrity and go through the SIGA Independent Rating and Verification System (SIRVS). The decision follows the recent announcement made by LEN’s newly elected President, António José Silva, that good governance and integrity would be placed at the very top of the organisation’s priorities list.

SIRVS is an integral part of SIGA’s ecosystem to usher Sport into a new era of enhanced governance, integrity, transparency and accountability. The purpose of SIRVS is to assess and rate the sports organisation’s level of implementation of and compliance with the SIGA Universal Standards on Good Governance in Sport, Sports Betting Integrity, Financial Integrity in Sport, and Youth Development and Child Protection in Sport.

LEN is the second European sports competition organiser to go through SIRVS, after the European Rugby League. The IMMAF, FIDE, UEFA, Liga Portugal, Qatar Stars League, Portuguese Olympic Committee are some of the sports organisations will go next.

Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros, Global CEO of SIGA, Executive Chairman of SIGA EUROPE and Chairman & CEO of SIGA AMERICA, stated: “I want to commend LEN and its new leadership for having made the right decision. Adopting the SIGA Universal Standards and going through SIRVS is exactly what is expected from an organisation that wants to lead by example and deserve the recognition of the fans, the sponsors, the broadcasters and the entire sporting industry. They invest their passion, their money and their trust in Sport. They need, they expect and they deserve nothing less. With this decision, LEN gives a powerful signal to the world of sport and the entire business community. I haven’t the slightest doubt they will be heard, loud and clear.”

António José Silva, President of LEN, stated: “Good governance, transparency and accountability are absolutely essential for us, at LEN. We are committed to step up and usher our sport and our organisation into a new era. We are proud founding member of SIGA and are resolved to implement the SIGA Universal Standards and go through SIGA’s independent rating and certification system without any further delay. This process is key to improve the way we govern ourselves and operate, and strengthen our relations with our members, fans and commercial partners. This is what I promised to our member associations, and this is what, today, we have set in motion.


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