Three New Speakers for Securing Sport

Doha – Qatar, Feb 27, 2013: NELSON, The International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) has announced a further three speakers for Securing Sport 2013, the leading international sport security and integrity conference. Taking place on March 18-19 in Doha, Securing Sport 2013 will bring 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”.

The three new confirmed speakers are:

• Colonel Nelson Garcia of the Military Police of the Federal District Police Brazil and International Vice President, International Association of Chiefs of Police

• Jorge Barbosa Pontes, Security International Relations Manager, Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games Organising Committee

• Hilario Medeiros, Security General Manager, Local Organising Committee, 2014 FIFA World Cup BrazilTM

Colonel Garcia and Messrs Pontes and Mederios will take part in a special panel session on “Brazil and Russia in the Spotlight”. With a focus on security, this session will examine how Brazil and Russia are preparing to host major sporting events in the next five years. The members of the panel will also update on the progress of Brazilian preparations.

Other high-profile speakers and leading figures already confirmed for this year’s conference include:

• John Abbott, Chair of the Interpol Integrity in Sport Steering Group

• Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros, CEO of the European Professional Football Leagues

• Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government

• Leonard McCarthy, Vice President for Integrity at the World Bank

• 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)

• Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™

• Sylvia Schenk, Senior Advisor for Sport at Transparency International

• Gérard Houllier OBE, Head of Global Soccer, Red Bull

• Alexander Atamanenko, CEO, Donbass Arena, Donetsk

• Lord Stevens, Chairman, ICSS Advisory Board and former Commissioner London’s Metropolitan Police

• Alessandro Del Piero, World Champion 2006, Captain of the Save the Dream elite athletes team

• John Amaechi OBE, Managing Director, Amaechi Performance Systems

Confirmed organisations attending Securing Sport 2013 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

• Stade Rennes

• FC Toronto

• United States Anti-Doping Agency

• New York Yankees

• UK Ministry of Sports

• United Nations

• International Association of Chiefs of Police

• Court of Arbitration for Sport

• World Health Organization

Mohammed Hanzab, President of the ICSS, said: “The ICSS is looking forward to welcoming Colonel Nelson Garcia to Securing Sport 2013. His unrivalled security expertise will provide us with a critical insight into security and integrity. We are also delighted that Hilario Medeiros and Jorge Barbosa Pontes are going to share their plans for the 2014 FIFA World Cup BrazilTM and Rio 2016.

“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 be an important platform for sharing information and exploring best practice in the field of sport, safety, security and integrity.” —- ICSS

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