Sportradar attends “Securing Sport 2013” conference in Doha
On 18th and 19th March, “Securing Sport 2013”, the leading international sport security and integrity conference hosted by the ICSS in Doha, brought together over 400 of the world’s leading sport security and integrity experts and stakeholders.
Experts and stakeholders came together 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 conference opened with a signing between the ICSS and the Qatar Football Association. Signed by ICSS President Mohammed Hanzab and His Excellency Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Thani, QFA President, the agreement states that the ICSS and QFA will cooperate to advance leadership capacity-building in football in Qatar, as well as safety and security planning, capabilities and infrastructure.
A Letter of Understanding between The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) Through The Secretariat for Multidimensional Security and the ICSS was also signed.
ICSS President, Mohammed Hanzab, then highlighted the achievements of the ICSS over the past 12 months, including the ISS-Sorbonne Programme, the cooperation with the World Bank and the launch of the ICSS Journal. He reflected on the organisation’s rapid growth over the last two year’s and thanked all those working with the ICSS for helping to safeguard the future of sport.
The first day’s proceedings included:
- A keynote speech by Wilfried Lemke, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace at the United Nations on The Power of Sport to Erase Discrimination
- A panel session on Advancing the International Community to Safeguard the Future with H.E. Brigadier Dahlan Al-Hamad, Vice President, International Association of Athletics Federation and President, Qatar Athletics Federation and Denis Oswald, Judge at the Court of Arbitration for Sport and Chairman of the Coordination Commission for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
- Moya Dodd, Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Vice President and Director at the Football Federation Australia discussing the importance of security-related media planning for international events
- An examination of whether sport federations are equipped to run their own match-fixing investigations with Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros, CEO, European Professional Football Leagues and John Abbott, Chairman, Integrity in Sport Initiative, INTERPOL.
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
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 the 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.