Qatar Chamber to support leading international sport security and integrity conference on 17 January 2018

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, International Centre for Sport Security and
The McCain Institute to host
Securing Sport 2018

 Washington D.C., USA; 16 January 2018;  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) and The McCain Institute will join forces this week to co-host Securing Sport 2018 – the leading annual conference exploring security and integrity issues in sport.

Following the international success of previous editions and under the overall theme of ‘The Business of Protecting the Future of Sport’, Securing Sport will once again bring together recognised leaders and international experts from the world of sport, security, technology, law enforcement, civil society and youth affairs to focus on the key issues currently affecting the security and integrity of sport.

Taking place in Washington D.C. on 17 January 2018, Securing Sport 2018 will also be supported by Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry and will feature keynote speeches and panels focused on business opportunities associated with the growth of sport and World Cup 2022, the safety and security of sporting events, and financial transparency and integrity of sport.

QC’s chairman HE Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassem Al Thani said that it is with great pride for the Chamber to participate and to provide the support for this globally-renowned sports event which provides us a unique opportunity to promote the Qatari sports worldwide.

Commending the privileged elite of international experts and outstanding leaders taking part in the event, HE pointed out that this would significantly enrich its outcomes, noting that the forum’s themes are of a very special importance to the worlds of sport and business together. Business and sports are interrelated and often intertwined, he added.

Sheikh Khalifa affirmed the QC’s keenness on representing the State of Qatar in every regional and international forum particularly that Qatar is on the point of hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, assuring that vigorous efforts have been made at all levels to make this international tournament of a great success.

Many infrastructure projects relating to the 2022 were completed and delivered ahead of schedule, while others are in their final stages’’ he noted.

Representing Qatar Chamber in the conference, QC’s Board Member Adel Al Mannai  will attend on behalf of the chairman HE Sheikh Khlaifa.

With business of sport experiencing unprecedented growth in many regions around the world, topics and issues to be covered at Securing Sport 2018 include:

  • Business opportunities associated with the growth of sport;
  • The safety and security of sporting events, venues and athletes/players;
  • The governance, financial transparency and integrity of sport;
  • The problem of cheating within sport, whether doping or match fixing;
  • The potential of youth abuse in sport.

Building on the high-profile line-up from previous editions of Securing Sport, panellists and speakers already confirmed for the Securing Sport 2018 include: Edwin Moses – Board Chair, USADA, Professor Laila Mintas – Deputy President, Sport Radar USA, Casey Schwab – Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs of the NFL Players’ Association, Mrs. Cindy McCain – Co-Chair, The McCain Institute’s Human Trafficking Advisory Council, Shellie Pfohl – CEO, U.S. Center for SafeSport, Dikembe Mutombo – NBA legend, President of the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, Anders Hjorth Agerskov – Lead Specialist, Integrity Vice Presidency (INT), World Bank, Ernie Allen – Former President and CEO, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Tom Donohue – President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Michael Hershman – CEO, The ICSS Group and Colonel Edwin Roessler – Police Commissioner, Fairfax County Police Department.

Michael Hershman, ICSS Group CEO, added: “Sport is now big business. It plays a positive and powerful role in society, drives and supports economic development and inspires young people and communities around the world. However, in the face of huge commercialisation and increasing financial sophistication, it is vital that we protect sport from the many security and integrity threats and challenges that it now faces.

“At a time where much of the focus is on the financial growth and commercialisation of sport, Securing Sport 2018 will provide a unique platform for top international experts to come together to identify real solutions to protect and safeguard sport, as well as learning about the latest products and innovations in the field of sport security and integrity.

“At the ICSS, we are committed to sharing our expertise in this field and developing pioneering new ways to help safeguard sport and we are hugely excited to work alongside the U.S. Chamber and the McCain Institute for the return of the Securing Sport conference in 2018.”

For further about Securing Sport 2018, please contact The event will also be streamed live online at

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About Securing Sport

Securing Sport is the annual international conference of the ICSS and attracts some of the world’s top experts and decision-makers to discuss and debate a range of issues impacting on the safeguarding of sport.

Acknowledged by many as one of the top annual conferences on the international sport calendar, Securing Sport aims to raise awareness of the global threats that face sport.

Securing Sport 2018 is the sixth edition of conference and the second time the event has been hosted in United States, having been hosted in New York City in 2015.

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About the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business organization representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions. Our members range from mom-and-pop shops and local chambers to leading industry associations and large corporations. They all share one thing—they count on the Chamber to be their voice in Washington, D.C.

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About the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS)

The International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) is an independent and non-profit organisation that plays an integral role in addressing the most prominent challenges facing the world of sport today.

Having assembled a team of top international experts in sport safety, security, integrity and good governance; the ICSS works with multiple sectors with the aim of safeguarding sport.

Through its two business divisions, ICSS ENTERPRISE and ICSS INSIGHT, the ICSS offers a range of safety, security, integrity, transparency and anti-corruption services to governments, international organisations and across the sports industry.

For more details please visit or follow us on twitter at @The_ICSS

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About the McCain Institute

The McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University is dedicated to advancing character-driven global leadership based on security, economic opportunity, freedom and human dignity.

Guided by values that have animated the career of Senator John McCain and the McCain family for generations, the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University is a non-partisan do-tank dedicated to advancing character-driven global leadership based on security, economic opportunity, freedom and human dignity – in the United States and around the world. The Institute seeks to promote humanitarian action, human rights and democracy, and national security, and to embrace technology in producing better designs for educated decisions in national and international policy.

The McCain Institute is committed to sustaining America’s global leadership; upholding freedom, democracy and human rights as universal human values; supporting humanitarian goals; maintaining a strong, smart national defense; and serving causes greater than one’s self-interest.

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