The Sports Safety and Security Experts Group meeting started at Intercontinental Doha Hotel on Tuesday 9 June 2015 to review and discuss the security measures adopted in big sports events and FIFA World Cups.
The two-day meeting is organised by the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC), organiser of 2022 FIFA World Cup, in collaboration with INTERPOL Project Stadia. Representatives of security agencies in the state participate in the meeting along with experts from seven countries having experience in securing international sports events.
During the meeting, Executive Director of SC, Colonel Muhammad Majid Al Sulaiti, said that Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup and other international sporting events highlights Qatar in various fields, especially in security, where the country is known to be among the most secure countries in the world. He added that Qatar’s goal of hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup is to diminish the gap between East and West, promote cultural rapprochement between people worldwide, build a sustainable legacy in social, economic and humanitarian fields, and contribute to advancing development not only in Qatar but also in the various countries in the region. Colonel Al Sulaiti pointed out that Qatar aspires to learn from other countries who have hosted major international sports event so that it can host a successful 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. In addition, he stated that this annual meeting, which is held in the presence of experts and specialists who have organised important world sports events, will have a significant role in facilitating Qatar to organise a safe tournament.
According to the Acting Director of Project Stadia of Interpol, Ali Al Ali, during the 100 years of international police cooperation, Interpol has facilitated security measures in all parts of the world, through the exchange of information between 190 member countries, as the largest police organisation in the world, and exercised its role in assisting the police in all parts of the world to meet the growing challenges of crime in the new century, through the establishment of a safe and effective communication system. In addition, he explained that over the past 10 years, Interpol has learnt how the major sporting events, particularly those that bring athletes and spectators from around the world together, can pose tremendous security challenges to the host country.
According to Security Affairs Advisor to the Security Committee of SC, Janet Williams, the meeting has some key objectives that includes developing a comprehensive understanding of best practices in the development of policies and evaluation of all the dangers that may occur in major sporting events, and to present basic elements of local plans and the ability to respond to risk. In addition, it aims to assess the basic elements of the national security plan on the sports events and to take into account the special security and safety management system as essential elements that can be used when the state is planning to host major sporting events. Williams pointed out that all these things will enable Qatar to build visions and ideas to contribute to the necessary policies to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. She added that there are 189 countries that constitute the Interpol International family, through which Qatar will learn a lot from.
Officer at Interpol, Falah Abdullah Al Dousari, said that this is the first meeting of experts in safety and security affairs in major sporting events, under the Stadia Project adding that the experts are divided into three teams in three areas. The first group will be in the sports legislation, the second in Cyber security, and third group in field security of which the first meeting is being held now.
The SC ensures that all preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup align with Qatar’s other development imperatives, as described in the Qatar National Vision 2030 and the National Development Strategy 2011-2016. Along with its stakeholders, the SC is tasked with delivering stadiums and other infrastructure for an amazing 2022 FIFA World Cup that leaves a lasting legacy for Qatar, the region and the world. The delivery goals of the SC include exceptional programme and stakeholder management to ensure the timely delivery of infrastructure and competition and non-competition venues; integrating Qatari culture into all hosting plans, to provide the best possible image of the Middle East when the world arrives in Qatar in 2022; and adopting high environmental standards on all projects, contributing to the delivery of a carbon neutral tournament.