Enhanced cooperation and collaboration between bidding countries at a global level for major sporting events is a crucial part of event security says Andrew Cooke, director of security and operations at the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS).
Speaking on the sidelines of the Soccerex Asia Forum, Cooke highlighted the growing influence of technology in sport which increases the need for different sports and countries to share knowledge about major event security in order to combat the issues that arise at sporting events.
Some of the challenges that are faced when it comes to major event security include issues around cybersecurity, fan violence and crowd management issues, terrorism, crime and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to name just a few.
“The landscape of major event security is rapidly changing,” said Cooke. “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 minimised throughout the whole athlete and spectator experience – right from border control through to the field of play.
“As an organisation established to serve and safeguard sport, the ICSS 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.”