ICSS partners with Portuguese Olympic Committee

Lisbon, Portugal, April 03, 2014: The International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) has today signed an agreement with The Olympic Committee of Portugal – the Comité Olímpico de Portugal (COP).

The agreement will see the cooperation between the Olympic Committee and the ICSS in a joint effort to safeguard the integrity of sport, promote the highest standards in terms of safety and security and work together in the areas of child protection and youth development.

In the agreement, the COP recognises the vital role of the ICSS, taking into consideration its technical experience in safeguarding sport and in the exchange of information, knowledge gathering and best practice across issues relating to integrity, safety and security.

The parties will work together to further the work of the Portuguese Olympic Committee in promoting and safeguarding the Olympic values and to consider greater focus on youth-exchange programmes which aim to empower and educate youth through sport. These efforts will be promoted through the Save the Dream programme, a joint initiative of the ICSS’ and the Qatar Olympic Committee.

Mohammed Hanzab, ICSS President said:

“The work of the COP to promote sporting values and educate the young people goes hand-in-hand with the core values of the ICSS.

“As part of the ICSS’s ongoing work and commitment to the international sports community, one of the central aims of the Save the Dream programme is to educate young people about the importance of fair competition and integrity in sport. This new agreement signed today with the COP will be an important step forward for the ICSS and I hope that this will provide a platform for future partnerships with other National Olympic Committee’s over the next few months.”

José Manuel Constantino, President of the Comité Olímpico de Portugal, said:

“This agreement between COP and the ICSS is in the best interests of sport and the Olympic spirit. I anticipate that as we work together to promote the highest standards of integrity, safety and security, what will result will be a number of positive initiatives that will benefit players and ultimately, society.”

The ICSS has a strong global reputation and through its established expertise in sport safety, security and integrity, works with many leading international organisations such as including UNESCO, the Council of Europe and the World Bank.

About the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS)

The ICSS is an international, independent and not-for-profit organisation. With an aim to improve security, safety and integrity throughout the world of sport; the ICSS works with governments, federations, clubs, leagues and event organisers.

The ICSS provides expertise, services and global knowledge – advising on event and venue safety, strategic security and investigations into corruption in sport.

About the Comité Olímpico de Portugal (COP).

The Portuguese Olympic Committee of Portugal is the supreme institution of national sport and is responsible for representing Portugal at the Olympics,and other sports events. Founded in 1909 the first participation in the Olympic Games took place in 1912. Throughout its Olympic history gave the country four Olympic champions among 23 medals in Olympics.

It is up to COP disseminate educational, cultural and social values, promoting the sport in all its aspects. —- Will Shand

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