IIHF and ICSS announce new partnership to work together

By Will Shand, Doha, Qatar, 25 April 2012: The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) have today announced a new agreement to work together ahead of the forthcoming 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, which takes place on 4th – 20th May in Finland and Sweden.

The agreement will see the IIHF and ICSS collaborate on all aspects of Risk Management and Crisis Communication for the tournament, which will feature the top 16 ice hockey teams from around the globe. Central to the project will be a joint review of the critical issues from previous IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships and ice hockey events, drawing on the experience of the ICSS team at a number of major sporting events, including previous FIFA World Cups and UEFA European Football Championships.

The IIHF and ICSS will also develop decision making processes and communication guidelines for the championships. Leading experts from the ICSS, including Helmut Spahn (Executive Director), Heinz Palme (Director of Business Development) and Rick Festorazzi (Director of Training), will attend the first week of the tournament to brief the IIHF management and Local Organizing Committees on how to use best practice to overcome crisis situations during the event.

René Fasel, President of the IIHF, said: “This agreement is an important step in our preparations for the forthcoming IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. Major sporting events are becoming increasingly complex and we are delighted about this new partnership with the ICSS. With a global network of practitioners and expertise in sport safety, security and integrity, the ICSS will play an important part in staging a safe and successful tournament and I look forward to working with their team over the coming weeks.”

Mohammed Hanzab, ICSS President, said: “On behalf of the ICSS, I am delighted to have signed this new agreement. The IIHF are a high-profile international federation that hosts one of the leading world championships in winter sports and we look forward to working with them to share knowledge and best practice. We hope that the ICSS can play an important role in the overall success of this year’s IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship and many other major sporting events for years to come.”


The IIHF, the governing body of international ice hockey and inline hockey, features 70 member associations, each of which is the national governing body of the sport in its nation. Besides controlling the international rulebook, processing international player transfers, and dictating officiating guidelines, the IIHF runs numerous development programs designed to bring hockey to a broader population.

The IIHF also presides over ice hockey in the Olympic Games and over the IIHF World Championships at all levels, men, women, juniors under-20, juniors under-18 and women under-18. Each season, the IIHF in collaboration with its local organizing committees, runs around 25 different World Championships in the five different categories. Visit www.iihf.com

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