Qatar Olympic announces Save the Dream

Paris, – France, Sept 11, 2012: The Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) today announced a new integrity initiative to mark the start of the 2012 Sorbonne-ICSS Sport Integrity Symposium.

The ‘Save the Dream’ programme, which was launched by H.E. Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani (Secretary General, Qatar Olympic Committee) alongside Mohammed Hanzab (President, ICSS) and Italian football star Alessandro del Piero, will see the QOC and ICSS collaborate to raise awareness amongst young athletes and children of the dangers of sports results manipulation and its consequences.

A key part of the initiative will be the creation of a panel consisting of 11 high-profile athletes from different sports and regions around the world, as well as a multidisciplinary team composed of world-leading experts in education, communications, sport management and sport integrity. Alessandro will be Chairman of the project.

Speaking at the opening session, H.E. Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani (Secretary General, Qatar Olympic Committee) said; “As part of the QOC’s vision to become a leading nation in bringing the world together through sport, I am delighted to unveil the ‘Save the Dream’ initiative at the 2012 Sorbonne-ICSS Sport Integrity Symposium.

“This new programme, created in partnership with the ICSS, is designed to nuture sports’ core values in the youth of today and will hopefully inspire a new generation of athletes to safeguard the integrity of sport for years to come.”

Mohammed Hanzab (President, ICSS) said; “Since its creation in 2010, the ICSS has been working hard to share knowledge and best practice with major event organisers, sports federations and host cities.

“This exciting, new collaboration with the QOC will bring together leading figures from the world of sport to share their invaluable knowledge and experiences with young athletes and children. I look forward to working closely with the QOC and Alessandro del Piero to deliver this unique programme and promote sport’s core values among the next generation of sporting champions.”

Alessandro del Piero added; “Protecting the credibility and integrity of sport is essential if we want to inspire a new generation of young people to take up sport. With many young athletes around the world hoping to emulate their sporting heroes, I hope that this programme will offer them the opportunity to meet their idols and understand what it takes to be champions on and off the field of play.”

The 2012 Sorbonne-ICSS Sport Integrity Symposium, taking place from the from the 11th – 13th September 2012 at the Paris Sorbonne University, is being jointly staged by the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) and Paris 1 University Panthéon-Sorbonne, with the official support of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and is the first international event to support the global sporting community in its battle against corruption by sharing knowledge and enhancing current integrity strategies and processes.

The event, taking place at the Paris Sorbonne University from the 11th – 13th September 2012, will see leading experts and entities in the world of sport – including National and International Sport Federations, Governments, International and Regional Organisations including United Nations Agencies, INTERPOL, the European Union and the Council of Europe, as well as Non-Governmental Organisations, Academic Institutions, Betting Institutions, Legal and Anti-Corruption Experts and Law Enforcement – explore trends, challenges and solutions in the field of sport integrity.

Today’s opening session features keynote presentations from senior figures in the world of sport, including Philippe Boutry (President, Paris 1 University Panthéon-Sorbonne), Christophe De Kepper (Director General, International Olympic Committee), H.E. Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani (Secretary General, Qatar Olympic Committee), Pilar Alvarez-Laso (Assistant Director-General Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO) and Pier Luigi Dell’Osso (Deputy Head, Italian Anti-Mafia Directorate). —- Will Shand/verocom

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