What They Say About Us

Working with UNODC Member States and in conjunction with the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), this partnership with one of the world’s leading experts in sport integrity will provide investigators and prosecutors at the front-line with the right tools and resources to combat match-fixing, as well as organised crime’s growing involvement in sport. Today is an important step forward in the fight to safeguard sport and I would encourage governments, law enforcement agencies, international sports organisations, as well as the public and private sector, to implement the measures that will be developed as part of this partnership with the ICSS.

Yury Fedotov, UNODC Executive Director

I would like to acknowledge ICSS for this pioneering initiative. Sport has the unique ability to inspire young and old. Sport is also a powerful platform to build bridges between individuals and communities to promote peace, good values and health, particularly among youth who are exposed to the impact of corruption and organised crime. We look forward to our collaboration

Leonard McCarthy, Former Integrity Vice President of the World Bank

I have a recent association with ICSS and have I have come to value and understand the tremendous role that they have taken and the very noble mission of this organisation.

Carlos M. Gutierrez, Chair of the National Foreign Trade Council and of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-Cuba Business Council

This is a defining era for many industries, including sport, and it is essential that all stakeholders, including sport governing bodies, governments, sponsors, as well as policy makers recognise that more consistent and coordinated international effort is required in the field of sport safety, security and integrity. Securing Sport 2015 will provide an important platform for high-level leaders from around the world to discuss the future of sport and I look forward to opening this landmark conference as well as sharing my views about the industry in New York later this year.

Richard Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations

Sport is not just physical activity; sport is culture and opportunity for human development. Alongside the Silk Road Alliance, we are keen to strengthen ties with the ICSS to promote development through sport. Let me praise the efforts of the ICSS in this field such as its Save the Dream initiative, which works today on the front line to promote inter-cultural dialogue through sport and the development of more fair societies.

Francesco Rutelli, Chairman of Priorità Cultura Association and former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture of Italy

I am delighted to invite the International Centre for Sport Security to participate and contribute to the European Week of Sport in 2015. This cooperation should lead toward closer promotion of the social role of sport and should help enhance participation in sport and physical activity. Let us join efforts to encourage EU citizens to be more active, more engage, and more alert to their health and well-being. Over the past years, the ICSS has made a valuable contribution to developing the European dimension in sport and I would be pleased to see us working closely together to make the 2015 European Week of Sport a success.

Tibor Navracsics, European Union Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport

We are very impressed with the work the ICSS is doing in the field of sport.

Professor Paulo Speller, Former General Secretary of the Organization of Ibero- American States for Education, Science and Culture

On behalf of the WPBSA, I am delighted to have renewed our partnership with the ICSS, who are one of the worlds leading experts in the area of sport integrity.

Extending this partnership with the ICSS demonstrates the WPBSAs strong and ongoing commitment to safeguarding the sport of snooker and represents another important step in the WPBSAs integrity strategy.

I look forward to working closely with the ICSSs team of sport integrity experts and Sportradar to ensure that snooker continues to take a strong and proactive stance in safeguarding its integrity.

Jason Ferguson, Chairman and Player Director at WPBSA

The Premier League continuously works hard for the implementation of international best practices to ensure the safety and comfort of all participants in the Russian Championship. The signing of a cooperation agreement with the ICSS for us is an important step in this direction

Sergey Pryadkin, President of the Russian Football Premier League

Individual nations cant prevent international threats to sport integrity but collectively they can. With its international expertise, the ICSS is a strategic partner for UNESCO in the area of manipulation of sport competitions. Together we can enhance our scientific, multi-stakeholder approach to this problem.

Alexander Schischlik, Chief of Section - Youth and Sport at UNESCO

There are significant risks to children around major sporting events such as child labour and increased violence. This agreement with the ICSS is an important step for creating a safe and protective environment for Brazilian girls and boys.

Gary Stahl, Director, Private Fundraising and Partnerships at UNICEF

The challenge of securing major sport events and international venues has never been greater and once again the ICSS has added considerable knowledge and experience to the event, as well as their cutting-edge expertise in sport safety and security. This has been of enormous benefit to our members. The ICSS is continuing to play an important and active role in leading the development of the sport safety and security industry. On behalf of ESSMA, I look forward to continuing our work with the ICSS, as well as other organisations including the ECA and EPFL.

Dimitri Huygen, Board Member at ESSMA

At a time where the threats to the integrity of the Olympic sport have had a sharp impact on many organisations in sport, the Olympic Committee of Portugal wants to pave the way and implement several measures to effectively tackle this scourge to the credibility of sport.

Protecting sport is a top priority on our agenda and, backed by the expertise and valuable collaboration of the ICSS, the COP executive commission recently approved this Code of Conduct on Sport Betting Integrity as a first step of an action plan aimed to prepare Portuguese sport with the proper tools to face the challenge.

Manuel Constantino, President of the Comite Oli­mpico de Portugal

This partnership with the ICSS signals an important moment for the AFE, as well as players and, I hope, for clubs, leagues and administrators throughout Spain.

The special working groups that will be established as part of this agreement will draw upon the ICSS global expertise on sport integrity issues and will aim to drive best practice that will help to make Spanish football stronger in the future and help all parties involved to build a football full of values

I look forward to working closely with my friend Emanuel and the ICSS and demonstrating our commitment to protecting and educating young players, as well as ensuring the long-term viability of football throughout Spain.

Luis Rubiales, President of The Spanish Football Federation

Some of the initiatives that Italy has developed to promote and protect the values of sport, mainly for the good of youth, have been designed and implemented in cooperation with Save the Dream.

I am very glad that Qatar will host on 22 December the Italian Super Cup and most importantly that it is not just a match but a joint global call, launched from Doha, for the protection of sport values to preserve the future of our youth. Thanks to the popularity of Italian football, I am sure that the message of Save the Dream will be heard by many people all around the world.

HE Guido De Sanctis, Italian Ambassador to Qatar

UNESCO is the UN lead agency for Physical Education and Sport but one of its main goals is also promoting access to quality education for all. To this end we are committed to promote sport among young people, in particular in schools, to be played in a secure environment and with the highest ethical standards in mind. I believe the strategic partnership established with ICSS and Save the Dream will move the agenda in this direction in Qatar and the region.

Dr. Anna Paolini, UNESCO Representative in the Arab States of the Gulf and Yemen