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The world of sport integrity mourns the loss of President Franco Frattini

Franco Frattini, who has been serving since January 2022 as President of the Council of State of Italy and had chaired since 2017 till recently the Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA), died on Saturday at the age of 65.

Franco Frattini served twice as Former Italian Foreign Minister and as Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security from 2004 to 2008.

“Magistrate Franco Frattini held our hand when we were still in our baby steps and supported our efforts to establish and operate, under his visionary chairmanship, the Sport Integrity Global Alliance. We were privileged to have the opportunity to work next to a leader able to transform challenges into opportunities and to firmly remind the world that integrity in sport is the only option. Franco Frattini always put the institution first, he always prioritized the common good. We will remain grateful to him forever”, Mr. Mohammed Hanzab, Chairman of the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) and Vice-Chairman of the Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA), said.

Passionate about sport, Franco Frattini also served for several years as the President of the High Court of Sport Justice of Italy.

He was appointed “Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic”, and “Commander of the Legion of honour” by the President of France. In 2011, he received the Golden neck-chain of the Olympic Order, the highest honour of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).