Doha, - International Centre for Sports Security (ICSS) participated in the Soccerex Asia 2016 Forum, which was held in Doha on 5-6 December.

ICSS was represented in the Forum by the Centre's Director of Security Operations Andrew Cooke.

Andrew Cooke drew upon his 25 year experience working in security to underline how the growing influence of technology in sport is resulting in the need for more sports and countries around the world to collaborate and share knowledge in the field of major event security and to ensure lessons are learnt in combatting security issues in sport.

Speaking at the Forum, Cooke said: "At a time where technology is playing an increasingly central role in our lives and the way people consume major sport events, there is now a very real need for governments of host cities and nations, as well as sporting bodies, to better collaborate and share information at a global level about how to effectively address the growing challenges major sport events are facing around their safety and security." "As we have seen over the last 12 months, hosting and bidding nations continue to face a growing number of challenges when it comes to major event security. These include issues around cybersecurity, fan violence and crowd management issues, terrorism, crime and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to name just a few," he added.

Cooke pointed out that at a time where major events are looking to cut costs yet the number of security threats are continuing to increase, the need for global collaboration and collective action in field of major event security has never been more important.

He stressed that "The landscape of major event security is rapidly changing. As a result, it is vital that security planning is properly integrated and communicated at a local and international level and that any risks are minimized throughout the whole athlete and spectator experience � right from border control through to the field of play." He went on saying that the ICSS, as an organisations established to serve and safeguard sport, encourages an integrated approach to sharing knowledge and expertise in sport safety and security. We are also firmly committed to bringing together knowledge and experience from all sectors around the world and sharing our expertise to help host cities and nations ultimately deliver a safe and secure event.

Source: Qatar News Agency