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30 August 2016

International cycling competition focus of Project Stadia security preparations

DOHA, Qatar – Security experts are meeting under the auspices of INTERPOL’s Project Stadia to review the safety and security preparations of the upcoming 2016 UCI Road World Championships which Doha will host (9 - 16 October).

The two-day (30 to 31 August) meeting brings together security representatives from France, the Netherlands, Norway and Qatar.

It will provide concrete recommendations on planning and implementing a range of key measures tied to road policing and traffic operations; the lock down of large urban areas to traffic; command, coordination, control and communication arrangements; and contingency planning.

“The organization of this important event in cooperation with INTERPOL will draw on the experience of transport security experts from across the world, and assist Qatar's continued preparations for a successful Union Cyclist International Road World Championship in Doha,” said Colonel Mohammad Al-Sulaiti, Executive Director of the Security Department of Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy.

“Today’s meeting will provide a platform for the exchange of expertise and experience which can then subsequently be made accessible to all of INTERPOL’s 190 member countries, thereby helping nations across the world host International sporting road events in a safe and secure environment,” added Colonel Al-Sulaiti.

By bringing together good practices, successes and lessons learnt from member countries which have successfully hosted major international sporting events, Project Stadia aims to help future hosts strengthen their own preparations with the latest knowledge and expertise.

“INTERPOL Project Stadia provides the necessary platform for countries to share real experience and relevant expertise tied to the safety and security arrangements of major sporting events. This week’s experts group meeting in this respect will help benefit the final security preparations for the 2016 UCI Road World Championships,” said Khaled Hatem, INTERPOL Specialized Officer with Project Stadia.

Established by INTERPOL in 2012 and funded by Qatar, the 10-year Project Stadia will contribute to policing and security arrangements for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, and aims to leave a lasting legacy for the law enforcement community worldwide.

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