IOC Member and President of ASOIF and FISA

Doha – Qatar, Jan 09, 2013: The International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) has announced today that Denis Oswald (President of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) and the International Rowing Federation (FISA) will speak at Securing Sport 2013, the leading international sport security and integrity conference.

With over 30 years’ experience, including 20 years as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Denis is one of the leading administrators in the world of sport having held a number of positions at the forefront of national and international sporting organisations. Author of numerous publications in sports law, Denis has paid particular interest to the areas of doping and sports associations during his career and has recently held senior positions on the Executive Board of IOC, Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and International Centre for Sport Studies (CIES). Denis also has considerable major event experience as President of FISA and recently chaired the Co-ordination Commission for the 2004 Athens and 2012 London Olympic Games.

As part of the ICSS’s mission to share knowledge and best practice in safety, security and integrity in sport, Mr. Oswald will speak on the panel entitled “The Role of Sport – Advancing the International Community to Safeguard the Future” and will discuss the integrity of sport and the importance of using sport within international policy. Mr. Oswald will be joined on the panel by Hein Verbruggen (President of SportAccord) and other leading experts from the world of sport and beyond.

In addition to Mr. Oswald, the ICSS has also announced today that Gérard Houllier OBE (Head of Global Soccer, Red Bull), John Amaechi OBE (Managing Director, Amaechi Performance Systems) and Bill Bock (General Counsel, USADA) will speak at Securing Sport 2013.

Gérard Houllier OBE, a former National Coach and Technical Director of the French Football Federation and manager of Liverpool Football Club, will join John Amaechi OBE on the panel entitled “Integrity of the Young” to discuss the threats and pressures currently facing young athletes and how sport-driven programs can be used to educate young people about safeguarding the future integrity of sport.

Other high-profile speakers and leading figures already confirmed for this year’s conference include: Hassan Al Thawadi (General Secretary of the Supreme Committee for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™), Italian football star Alessandro Del Piero, Alexander Atamanenko (Chief Executive Officer, Donbass Arena, Donetsk) and Lord Stevens (Chairman, ICSS Advisory Board).

Mohammed Hanzab, President of the ICSS, said: “We are delighted that Denis will share his unrivalled expertise and experience from the world of sports administration with this year’s conference. Over 400 delegates will attend Securing Sport 2013 to discuss what more can be done to safeguard the future of sport. I look forward to welcoming organisations from around the world, including leading international governing bodies, mega-event experts and world-class international athletes, for what I am sure will an important platform for sharing information and exploring best practice in the field of sport, safety, security and integrity.”

Further speakers, panelists and events will be announced over the coming weeks.

For further information about the conference, please visit —- By Will Shand

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