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26 August 2011

Shenzhen Universiade ends safely with security efforts supported by INTERPOL

SHENZHEN, China – The largest-ever Universiade which brought together more than 12,000 participants involved in more than 300 events across 41 venues in Shenzhen has concluded safely with China’s security efforts supported by INTERPOL.

An INTERPOL Major Events Support Team (IMEST) was deployed as part of the security arrangements for the World Student Games which took place between 12 and 23 August, which provided a range of support services both before and during the event, including checks of the names and passports of nearly 18,000 individuals against INTERPOL’s global databases.
 
Working at the International Policing Liaison Centre alongside a number of taskforces including intelligence, counter-terrorism and transport security at the specially formed Security Command headquarters, the IMEST liaised closely with the National Central Bureau in Beijing and was also on stand-by to coordinate with the INTERPOL General Secretariat in Lyon, France and any of the world police organization’s 188 member countries in response to an emergency requiring global assistance.

The IMEST support provided for the Universiade was the third such deployment requested by China, with previous support provided for the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and the Asian Games in Guangzhou in 2010.