Originally inspired following global headlines about security issues ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, the concept of the ICSS was created by Founder and Chairman Mohammed Hanzab, who - following a conversation with Lord John Stevens, former Commissioner of the London Metropolitan Police in Doha in May 2010 - identified a gap in the way knowledge is transferred between different organisations about the safety and security of major sporting events.
With the aim of inspiring positive change for the benefit of the sport industry, the vision for the ICSS was to bring together international experts in sport security to create a centre that develops and shares best-practice to better serve and safeguard the world of sport. Having initiated the process of registering and announcing such an organisation in October 2010, Mr Hanzab submitted his proposal for funding to the State of Qatar to create the International Centre for Sport Security.
In the State of Qatar, under the Law Number 21 of 2006, citizens can submit a request for funding to the government to establish initiatives that are considered to be in the public good. With its goal of becoming a global hub of expertise in sport safety and security, the ICSS was publically launched in March 2011 at the first International Sports Security Conference in Doha, as well as the appointment of Helmut Spahn, former Head of Security for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany and the German Football Federation, along with the appointment of a team of international experts to form the ICSS Advisory Board.
Building on its work in major event safety and security, in early 2012 the ICSS expanded its scope to focus on integrity, policy, good governance and anti-corruption issues in sport following a recommendation from its Advisory Board at the end of 2011. Since then, the ICSS has firmly established itself as a global authority in the field of sport safety, security and integrity.
It has worked on projects with organisations around the world including: UNODC, UNESCO, UNICEF, OECD, Council of Europe, Harvard Kennedy School, Organization of American States, Commonwealth Sports Ministers, Community of Portuguese Language Countries, University Paris 1 - Pantheon-Sorbonne, as well as many other NGOs and governments to provide thought-leadership and influence policy and legislation.
This has been achieved by creating a strong network of international partnerships across different sectors – including sport, government, law enforcement and academia – initiating world-class research projects and creating powerful public platforms to encourage collective action, exchange ideas, drive thought leadership and identifying solutions to combat sport safety, security and integrity issues facing sport.
Central to this is its flagship conference, Securing Sport, which aims to unite stakeholders from all sectors and areas of the sports industry to discuss and identify new ways to safeguard sport.
In September 2012, the ICSS - in collaboration with the Qatar Olympic Committee - launched Save the Dream to promote and protect the core values of sport for young people at a global level. Following its creation, Save the Dream has gathered support from around the world for its cause, building a movement of elite athletes and sportspeople along with international sporting and civil society organisations to achieve its aim.
Since it was created in 2010 at the service of sport, the ICSS has gathered some of the world’s leading expertise in sport safety, security and integrity and will look to this work to further build on its work around the world safeguarding sport.
Additional Documents: Foundation Papers of the ICSS