Doha – Qatar, Mar 19, 2013: Securing Sport 2013 has concluded today in Doha with delegates committed to the ICSS mission of helping event organisers across the world to stage safer major sporting events and improving security, safety and integrity in sport. The two day conference brought together over 400 of the world’s leading sport security and integrity experts and stakeholders.
The second and final day of the conference included sessions examining:
• The Future of Sport Security and Technology with Juliette Kayyem,Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government
• Brazil + Russia in the Spotlight with Colonel Nelson Garcia, International VP, International Association of Chiefs of Police and Chief of the Intelligence Centre of the Military Police of Brasilia and Jorge Barbosa Pontes, Security International Relations Manager, Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games Organising Committee
Speaking on The Internationalisation of Betting– Keeping Ahead of the Curve, Andrew Cunningham, Global Head of Integrity, Betfair said: “There is a need for an international approach to combat match-fixing and betting fraud in sport. Effective investigations not only require real-time monitoring but close collaboration with multiple stakeholders and rapid feedback so that the problem can be dealt with quickly and efficiently.”
During the day’s proceedings the ICSS and European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) setting out an ongoing collaboration between the two organisations with the goal of advancing knowledge, sharing best practices, and cooperating to ensure safer sporting events in the future.
Protecting the next generation of international sports stars was also a key theme of this year’s conference, which included last night’s awarding of the first Save the Dream Award at the Securing Sport 2013 Gala Dinner. Save the Dream is a joint international initiative to raise awareness amongst young athletes of the dangers of sports results manipulation and its consequences.
During the Integrity of the Young session, panelists examined the threats and pressures to the next generation of sports stars and how community and sport-driven programmes can help promote knowledge and best practice.
The panelist featured Guin Batten, former GB Olympic Silver Medalist in Rowing and Head of International Relations, Research and Innovation at the Youth Sport Trust, who was joined by Roberto Rosetti, Head of Refereeing Department, Russian Football Union, Gérard Houllier, Head of Global Soccer, Red Bull, and John Amaechi OBE, Managing Director, Amaechi Performance Systems.
Mohammed Hanzab, President of the ICSS, said in his closing remarks: “The ICSS annual conference has brought together the world’s leaders in sport security and integrity and is crucial that we continue in our ongoing efforts to share information and best practice in sport, safety, security and integrity.”
About Securing Sport 2013
Securing Sport 2013, the leading international sport security and integrity conference hosted by the ICSS, has brought together 400 international experts and stakeholders to share knowledge and best practice in sport, safety, security and integrity under the theme of “Advancing the security and integrity of sport to safeguard the future”.
High-profile speakers and leading figures involved in the conference include:
• Moya Dodd, Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Vice President and Director at the Football Federation Australia
• Denis Oswald, President of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) and the International Rowing Federation (FISA)
• Bill Bock, General Counsel, US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA)
• H.E. Major General Dahlan Al-Hamad, Vice President, International Association of Athletics Federations and President, Qatar Athletics Federation
• Sylvia Schenk, Senior Advisor for Sport at Transparency International
• Colonel Nelson Garcia, International Vice President, International Association of Chiefs of Police and Chief of the Intelligence Centre of the Military Police of Brasilia
• Jorge Barbosa Pontes, Security International Relations Manager, Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games Organising Committee
• Richard Caborn, Former Minister for Sport, HM Government of the United Kingdom
• Gérard Houllier OBE, Head of Global Soccer, Red Bull
• John Abbott, Chair of the Interpol Integrity in Sport Steering Group
• Ingrid Beutler, Director, Social Responsibility and Integrity Units, SportAccord
• Andrew Cunningham, Global Head of Integrity, Betfair
• Paul Scotney, Director & Integrity Consultant, Sports Integrity Services
• Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros, CEO of the European Professional Football Leagues
• Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government
• Alexander Atamanenko, CEO, Donbass Arena, Donetsk
• Lord Stevens, Chairman, ICSS Advisory Board and former Commissioner London’s Metropolitan Police
• Guin Batten, a former Olympic Silver Medalist in Rowing and Chief Operating Officer for the TOP Foundation at the Youth Sport Trust
• Roberto Rosetti, Head of Refereeing Department, Russian Premier League
• John Amaechi OBE, Managing Director, Amaechi Performance Systems
Attending organisations include:
• 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ Supreme Committee
• 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ Organising Committee
• Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games Organising Committee
• Qatar Olympic Committee
• International Cricket Council
• European Professional Football Leagues
• The FA Premier League
• German Football Association
• FC Barcelona
• Real Madrid
• New York Yankees
• United Nations
• International Association of Chiefs of Police
• Court of Arbitration for Sport
• World Health Organization
Securing Sport 2013 is supported by Host Partner Katara, Official Car Sponsor Alfardan Automobiles – Official BMW Group importer in Qatar, Accreditation Partners MGA / Intellitix, and Conference Partners Atkins, QMIC and W&P Longreach.
About the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS)
The ICSS is an international, not-for-profit institution that aims to help event organisers to stage safer major sporting events. The Centre’s mission is to improve security, safety and integrity in sport by addressing real issues and providing world-leading services, skills, networks and knowledge.
The ICSS team brings together some of the world’s leading sport security and integrity experts and has access to a worldwide network of specialist practitioners, offering expertise in every aspect of sport security and integrity.
The ICSS is based in Doha, Qatar, an emerging centre for global sporting events including the 2006 Asian Games, the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011™ the 2011 Pan Arab Games and the 2022 FIFA World Cup™. —- By Will Shand from Doha, Qatar