ICSS confirms Richard Haass and Condoleezza Rice as speakers for Securing Sport 2015

By Will Shand, New York City, Aug 11, 2015: The International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) announced today that Richard Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations and Condoleezza Rice, 66th U.S. Secretary of State, will speak at Securing Sport – the leading annual international sport security and integrity conference. 

In its fifth year, Securing Sport will make its debut in the United States, taking place this year in New York City on 3-4 November. The event will once again examine the biggest threats to the safety, security and integrity of sport and unite high-profile decision-makers, law enforcement officials and senior policy-makers from the U.S. and around the world.

Ahead of his opening address at Securing Sport 2015, Richard Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations said:

“As we have seen over recent months, many questions have been raised about the governance of world sport and the responsibility that sports organisations have to civil society.

“This is a defining era for many industries, including sport, and it is essential that all stakeholders, including sport governing bodies, governments, sponsors, as well as policy makers recognise that more consistent and coordinated international effort is required in the field of sport safety, security and integrity.

“Securing Sport 2015 will provide an important platform for high-level leaders from around the world to discuss the future of sport and I look forward to opening this landmark conference as well as sharing my views about the industry in New York later this year.”

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Under the conference theme of ‘The Phenomenon of the Global Power of Sport’, Condoleezza Rice will also join the event and will share some lessons and experiences from her tenure as Secretary of State of the United States under President George W. Bush.

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Of the keynote speakers, Mohammed Hanzab, ICSS President, said:

“At a time when governance issues, corruption and security threats in sport continue to dominate headlines around the world, I am delighted that two international heavyweights in the world of foreign policy have decided to speak at Securing Sport 2015.

“Both Condoleezza and Richard are high-profile figures that will add a wealth of insight and experience to the current debate about the future of sport. In addition, their involvement also underlines the growing attention that sport is receiving from some governments, as well as reinforcing the important role it plays in developing other areas of society.

“With many other important topics set to be covered at Securing Sport 2015, I look forward to welcoming Condoleezza, Richard as well as other leaders from around the world for what will be a must-attend event that aims safeguard the future of sport for all.”

Along with the keynote speakers, issues and topics to be discussed at this year’s Securing Sport include:

• Legalisation of Sport Betting in the United States
• Cyber-attacks during major sporting events
• Financial Transparency, Corruption and Organised Crime in Sport
• The role of sport in economic development
• Player and spectator safety and major sporting events
Further details about Securing Sport 2015 speakers, panels and media accreditation will be announced over the next few weeks.

About Securing Sport

Securing Sport is the annual international conference of the ICSS and attracts some of the world’s top experts and decision-makers to discuss and debate a range of issues impacting on the safeguarding of sport.

Acknowledged by many as one of the top annual conferences on the international sport calendar, Securing Sport aims to raise awareness of the global threats that face sport.

Securing Sport 2015 is the fifth edition of conference and the first time the event has been hosted in New York.

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