Sports integrity group SIGA established a new Standing Committee on Race, Gender, Diversity, and Inclusion and was Chaired by President of the Trinidad and Tobago National Olympic Committee (TTOC), Brian Lewis, and the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees (CANOC) and member of the SIGA Council, while Ju’Riese Colon, CEO of United States Center for SafeSport, will be the Vice-Chaired.
“This new Standing Committee is set up against a background of increasing incidents relating to racism, gender inequity and other forms of negative discrimination across the global sports industry,” said SIGA.
Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros, Global CEO of SIGA and chairman and CEO of SIGA America, said: “Can any of us be insensitive to what’s happening around us and pretend it’s not our business? Each one of us can do a lot more to eradicate racism and inequality, in all its forms, from Sport and, through Sport, from our society.”
Brian Lewis said “SIGA Standing Committee on Race, Gender, Inclusion and Diversity is historic and significant with an incredible opportunity to be a force and catalyst for positive change within global sport.”
He said it was an awesome honour and responsibility to be asked to chair the Standing Committee, especially coming from a small Caribbean Island.
According to SIGA’s website “the new SIGA Standing Committee will build on the work of a multi-stakeholder Task Force that SIGA established earlier this year on this same topic. SIGA has already reviewed its own Universal Standards on Good Governance in Sport to include new and evolving best practice in this area.”