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November 13, 2017
'Keeping politics out of the World Cup 2022' the goal as Doha hosts 1st Major Event Safety and Security Conference

The 1st Major Event Safety and Security Conference, organised by the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy in cooperation with Interpol’s Project Stadia, and Qatar’s Ministry of Interior, in Doha, last week. (QSPC)
by Bassem Rawass, Qatar Sports Press Committee

DOHA, November 13, 2017 - The 1st Major Event Safety and Security Conference, organised by the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy in cooperation with Interpol’s Project Stadia, and Qatar’s Ministry of Interior, focused on the attention and follow-up, especially as it witnessed the launch of the Stadia Knowledge Management System, last week.

The conference was also attended by HE Sh. Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Interpol Secretary General Jürgen Stock and representatives of the 192 member states of Interpol. The conference provided the attendees an opportunity to discuss and learn about worldwide security. Major General Arthur George Denaro, former British Army officer shared his insights about for major sports events and the need for safety and security.

“There is no doubt that the Stadia project is run by Qatar’s Falah Al-Dosari, who works within Interpol, and this project is provided by Interpol in an integrated and supported manner by the Supreme Committee,” he said.

“I think Qatar was a very good place to hold this conference and I sent a very important message through its organisation, especially since the opportunity was available to exchange information in a distinctive and useful way,” said Denaro, a former British Special Forces adviser.

“The support was great from all participants from many countries the world.”

In response to a question about Qatar's counterterrorism efforts, Denaro said: “It was a very special presentation by Dana Al-Abdulla (Cyber Security Resiliency Section Head at Qatar Computer Emergency Response Team).”

“She spoke in a wonderful way and said that safety and security are the responsibility of all. Not only for the World Cup 2022, but also for all sporting events worldwide.”

“I believe that safety and security are the main goal of all governments,” he said.

“This is the first time that the World Cup has been held in this region of the Middle East,” added Denaro, who participated in the war to liberate Kuwait and was commander of the multinational forces during the Balkan conflict. “The submission of the hosting file was a courageous decision.”


‘The World Cup is a place that brings everyone away from politics, religion, race and nationality’ - Rtd. Major General Arthur George Denaro, former British Army officer, speaks to Bassem Rawass of Al Kass Sports Channels (Photo: QSPC)

“It is true that the decision to grant Qatar the hosting rights has been criticised not only by the British media, but I think that Qatar has what it takes to face such criticism and I see that the legacy of the World Cup will be excellent.”

“Legacy of an event is one lesson we learned when the World Cup was hosted by South Africa in 2010 and France hosted the Euro.”

“It is a place that brings everyone away from politics, and football is a meeting point for all, is not it? It is a meeting place for all football lovers regardless of religion, race and nationality,” he said.

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