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WASHINGTON, March 5, 2013 /CNW/ - The International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS), the not-for-profit organisation specialising in sport safety,
security and integrity, signed on Thursday, 28th February a new agreement with the Integrity Vice Presidency (INT) of
the World Bank Group. The agreement focuses on promoting integrity principles and awareness
of corruption and fraud risks in the sport arena.
Speaking about the new agreement, Mohammed Hanzab, President of the ICSS, said: "As one of the leading international investigative bodies, the Integrity
Vice Presidency of the World Bank Group has extensive experience in
tackling financial corruption and fraud and has already played an
important part in safeguarding integrity across a range of industries
"In sport, we cannot underestimate the emerging and ongoing threat of
match-fixing and other forms of corruption that can potentially
compromise sporting events. This agreement is an important step in the fight against corruption and
match-fixing. I look forward to working with INT over the coming months
to develop new programmes to promote and strengthen sports core values
and to safeguard the future credibility of sporting events."
The agreement will support the ICSS in the development of its first National Sport Integrity Index(NSII). This new international tool, part of the ICSS's commitment to
eradicating corruption and protecting the integrity of sport, will
highlight and assess integrity practices around the globe and identify
certain regions and jurisdictions where national and international
stakeholders can provide additional support and expertise.
"I would like to acknowledge ICSS for this pioneering initiative. Sport
has the unique ability to inspire young and old. Sport is also a powerful platform to build bridges between individuals
and communities to promote peace, good values and health, particularly
among youth who are exposed to the impact of corruption and organised
crime. We look forward to our collaboration." said Leonard McCarthy, World Bank Integrity Vice President
Background Information 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™.
The ICSS regularly organises events to encourage the creation of sport
security and integrity networks and to drive new thinking. The 3rd
edition of the ICSS's International Conference for Sport Security and
Integrity, also known as Securing Sport, will take place in Doha, Qatar on the 18th and 19th March 2013.
For more details please visit: http://www.theicss.org and http://www.securingsport.com.
SOURCE: ICSS - International Centre for Sport Security
For further information:
and if you are interested in a media briefing, please contact:
Siham Alawami, ICSS, Director of President Office