Trinidad and Tobago , Mar 14, 2013: Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) Secretary General Brian Lewis will represent the Caribbean region at the Securing Sport 2013 Conference (18 – 19 March 2013) in Doha, Qatar. The International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) will be hosting approximately 400 senior delegates from the fields of sport, security, integrity, government, commercial management and more at its third annual conference under the theme “Advancing the Security and Integrity of Sport to Safeguard the Future”.
Keynote address will be given by Wilfried Lemke, Special Advisor to the Secretary General for Sport Development and Peace (United Nations).
Richard Caborn, former UK Minister of Sport and Sylvia Schenk, Senior Advisor for Sport, Transparency International are among those listed to deliver presentations at the conference that will address the issues, challenges and problems surrounding the integrity and security of sport. Topics to be discussed during the two day conference include match fixing, doping, money laundering, betting and the politcisation of sport.
Securing Sport 2013 will feature analysis of worldwide sport as it is today and has been in the past, but will also strongly focus on how the security and integrity of sport could be impacted on in the future, with an examination of the planning and development of major sporting events from the perspective of the key decision makers.
The conference will deliver discussions and presentations on further topics such as the emerging social media trend, fan behaviour, transnational sport related crime, and a conceptual and experiential view on the security technologies of the future that could change the outlook of sport.
Lewis was asked to attend the conference by Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) vice president for the Caribbean region Ms Fortuna Belrose, the current St Lucia national Olympic committee vice president.
Integrity is the most fundamental value to sport. Corruption erodes the very spirit of sport. Without integrity competition is meaningless. Breaches of integrity not only damage these values, but will shape a sport’s popularity and ultimately its business and sponsorship viability, and even its survival.
Has sport lost focus of integrity and transparency? Are international sport federations and sport organisations doing enough in the modern age to protect the integrity of sport? Are sport leaders alive to the tremendous threat facing world sport? These are some of the critical questions The International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) will hope to address and answer in Doha, Qatar.
Mohammed Hanzab, President of the ICSS, said: “Securing Sport 2013 provides an important platform for sharing information and exploring best practice, as well as addressing current and future themes across a range of sectors and industries associated with the world of sport security and integrity.” I look forward to welcoming distinguished guests and delegates from around the world for what I am sure will be an insightful and thought-leading event.”