Johannesburg – South Africa, Oct 30, 2014: Following today’s launch of the International Safeguards for Children in Sport, the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) has released the following statement:
Mohammed Hanzab, President of the ICSS, said:
“For many young people around the world, sport means many different things. For some, it is purely for fun. For others, it is way out of poverty. Regardless of why they play, the safety and well-being of children must be safeguarded.
“At the ICSS, children and young people are at the centre of our work and these safeguards are an essential stepping stone to protecting young children who play sport around the world. We wholeheartedly endorse these safeguards and would urge other organisations to urgently adopt and implement the measures outlined in them.”
Chris Eaton, Executive Director – Sport Integrity, ICSS said:
“With global threats like child trafficking on the increase, preserving the integrity of sport should begin with protecting those most vulnerable and most at risk – young people.
“As an international organisation that is committed itself to protecting sport, the ICSS and its Sport Integrity unit fully support these pioneering new safeguards, which are in line with our belief that education and prevention should sit at the very heart of the fight against sport corruption.
“I would strongly urge any organisation working in sport to adopt these standards to ensure the safety and well-being of young athletes and create an environment where a new generation of sport stars can flourish.” —- Will Shand