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11 October 2017

Project Stadia gathers sports legislation experts on major event security

LYON, France – Improving global standards in sports legislation to ensure safer major sporting events is the focus of an international meeting convened by INTERPOL’s Project Stadia.

Gathering legal experts, lawyers and advisors in sporting event security, the two-day (10 and 11 October) 4th Sports Legislation Expert Group Meeting aims to develop the appropriate legal framework on the key legislative components that a country should establish when hosting a major sporting event.

Participants will also share legislative and best practice on sports integrity to combat doping and match-fixing, and provide guidance on developing  and improving the relevant legislation.

Project Stadia is a 10-year project funded by Qatar to develop a centre of excellence in major sporting event policing and security. The project is supporting Qatar’s preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and those of other INTERPOL member countries hosting sporting competitions, as well as major public events.

“This meeting under INTERPOL’s Project Stadia is part of our collective efforts to improve international standards in legislation and security efforts to ensure a safer future for sports worldwide. The legacy Qatar aspires to in its preparations to host the 2022 tournament includes the transfer of knowledge and experience, including the legislative field, to help deliver a lasting framework on the safety of major sporting events,” said Brigadier Ibrahim Al-Mohannadi Head of Consultancy Unit, Security Committee, Qatar.

The issue of security at high profile public and major sporting events has become a critical factor in the wake of deadly terrorist attacks, including in Paris in November 2015, Istanbul in December 2016, Manchester in May 2017, and last week’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.

“Legislation is crucial in shaping policing and security standards at major sporting events. Appropriate legislation provides law enforcement authorities with the powers they need to ensure the safety and security of all those involved,” said Falah Al Dosari, Senior Project Manager, Project Stadia.

Project Stadia organizes regular expert group meetings on key issues tied to legislation, physical security and cybersecurity.

These issues impacting safety and security at major public events will be on the agenda at the 1st International Major Event Security Conference which the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy and Project Stadia will co-host in Doha on 7 and 8 November.

The meeting will be attended by senior Qatari and INTERPOL officials, as well as senior representatives from government agencies, law enforcement, academia and key private sector and international organizations from around the world.

For further information on the conference and registration details, please contact: stadia@interpol.int

To register for the conference: www.regonline.com/stadia2017