Key Conclusions of the 1st International Sport Security Conference, Doha
9-10th March 2011
DOHA, Qatar, March 10 /CNW/ - The Qatar Minister of State for Internal
Affairs opened the 1st International Sports Security Conference in Doha
(Qatar) that has taken place on March 9th and 10th, by welcoming 150
VIPs in the worlds of sports and security to Qatar. The Minister
highlighted the importance of gathering in this conference for the
first time key decision makers and experts in sports and security to
share their expertise over the World in Doha. The Minister remarked the
key importance of security with a very clear statement: "There is no
sports without security."
The conference was a great success in terms of attendance given the
high-level of responsibility and expertise of the attendees.
Participants hold key positions in International Sports Institutions,
law enforcement agencies, and government / public sector, and private
security companies. As Lord John Stevens, Chair of the Conference,
mentioned "the people in this room together has in aggregation more
than 3.500 years of experience. If we cannot push forward the thinking
and reach some conclusions, then who can?"
There was very animated debate during the two days of the conference.
The key takeaways included:
a) The need for cooperation across agencies, sports, and geographies
b) The importance of international institutions and agencies that may
act as a liaison between experts
c) The need for a relentless fight against integrity breaches (e.g.
doping, illegal gambling, match fixing)
d) The need for a flawless communication of the security aspects, both
to international institutions when bidding for events, and to the
general public to secure attendance for the event
e) The need for a more fluent dialogue with the athletes regarding
During the first day of the conference, the creation of the
International Centre of Sports Security (ICSS) was announced to the
conference delegates by Mr. Mohammed Hanzab, President of QIASS. The
ICSS will be a non-for-profit institution in the world of sports and
security, whose mission is "To enhance security and safety in the world
of sport, by proactively addressing real issues, and providing
best-in-class training, research, and tailored consulting in sport
As Mohammed Hanzab, President of the International Centre for Sport
Security (ICSS) said: "thank you for sharing your insights and
expertise during the conference. After the conference, we are very
encouraged by the consensus on the need for more cooperation across
sports and geographies.
This is the vision we had when we started working on the ICSS, and we
are glad that your thoughts have confirmed our ideas about the need for
an institution like the ICSS." In addition, he stated: "we hope you to
come back to the conference next year and to share with you our own
insights. You have given us light in this process, and it is only fair
that you come back in a year to share the results."
The ICSS also announced yesterday (March 9th) the appointment of Helmut
Spahn (former Head of Security for Germany 2006 FIFA World Cup and
current Head of Security for Germany Football Federation) as the new
Executive Director of the ICSS starting September. Mr. Helmut Spahn
showed his enthusiasm for this new professional challenge and promised
Mohammed Hanzab to give his best effort to fulfill the ICSS's vision.
In addition, the ICSS also announced yesterday (March 9th) the creation
of its Advisory Board. The Advisory Board will provide advice the
President of the ICSS on the strategic directions of the Centre. The
first members of the Advisory Board of the ICSS, also announced today,
i. Lord John Stevens (former Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police),
ii. Ali Soufan (CEO of The Soufan Group),
iii. Rick Parry (former CEO of Liverpool FC and The FA Premier League),
iv. Peter Ryan (Head of security for Sydney 200 Olympic Games), and
v. Eric Drossart
Finally, the ICSS announced cooperation with the FIFA Women's World Cup
2011 in Germany.
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Notes to Editors:
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Security Studies (QIASS) http://www.qiass.org is a professional institute serving to raise security standards,
knowledge and cooperation within the Gulf region and across the world.
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