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  • Security, Sport Experts Meet in Doha


    Secretary General of the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee, Hassan Al Thawadi.
    (ATR) The International Sport Security Conference kicks off with high profile figures from the world of sport and security coming together in Doha, Qatar.

    The event, hosted by the International Centre for Sport Security is only in its second year and aims to be an important platform for sharing information and exploring current issues in sport security. 

    The theme for this year is one of growth through sport,  recognizing the trend for more new and emerging nations to host sporting events.

    As the event is hosted in Qatar, which has the right to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the keynote speaker will be the Secretary General of the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee, Hassan Al Thawadi.

    However, attention on future FIFA World Cups would be more focused on the one in Brazil in just two year’s time. With the tournament facing construction and security issues at this late stage, the assembled delegates will be very interested to hear what Jose Ricardo Botelho, the National Secretary for Public Safety for Major Events in Brazil, has to say.

    All the panels and sessions range from the economic impact of staging a secure major sporting event to private sector perspectives on sport security issues.

    Michael Payne, the former
    Marketing and Broadcasting Rights Director of the IOC, is one who will lend his thoughts on how to secure media and sponsorship in the world of sport.

    Some speakers such as Alan Rothenberg, the CEO of the 1994 FIFA World Cup USA, will offer their insights and experience on maximizing the legacy of hosting a major event whilst Dmitry Mosin, Director of Strategic Planning for the 2018 FIFA World Cup
    The Qatar National Conference Center is the venue for the meeting. (ATR)
    in Russia, will talk about the plans ahead for the landmark tournament in Eastern Europe.

    Also taking a turn in the spotlight will be London 2012, as a panel dedicated wholly on how to plan for a secure Olympic and Paralympic Games will feature Peter Ryan, the Security Consultant to the IOC as well as John Stevens, the Chairman of the ICSS Advisory Board.

    Other notable speakers include HRH Prince Ali bin Al Hussein, vice-president of FIFA, along with Sir Dave Richards the Chairman of the Premier League who will both discuss growing a sporting brand in new markets – a significant topic for the Premier League in the Middle East.

    Written and reported in Doha by Christian Radnedge.
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