London riots under spotlight

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Major sporting events attract the attention of millions of fans across the globe. With the range of stakeholders involved, security issues have become more and more diverse and complex. With the recent London riots, now, more than ever this proves true and reflects the need for organisers of major sports events to ensure they are prepared.

The recent riots have led to questions being raised over London's image and the potential damage it may cause in the run up to 2012's Olympic Games. Not only are doubts being raised about security provisions for the Olympics but also the England versus Netherlands football game which was cancelled. Also the beach volleyball test event in London had to be brought forward to ensure it finished before nightfall, and the Premier League opening season games were also under threat of cancellation. Organising committees and event organisers are under great pressure to ensure security measures and strategies are put in place for these types of situation. They need to ensure seamless security planning. As political instability poses new security threats, what strategies can organisers put in place for dealing with these situations? What are the legal and economic implications and long term effect on the event and how can you ensure seamless security planning? International Sports Event Management Conference, ISEM, takes place in October and will focus on sports event management issues for organising committees when organising major sports events. The programme will feature a focused panel discussion on security planning and strategies organisers can put in place to deal with these situations. Helmut Spahn, executive director, ICSS, International Centre for Sports Security, former head of security for FIFA Women's World Cup will be joined by leaders in the field who will discuss the security threats on major events and how to be as prepared as possible. Other sports event management leaders will join Spahn at ISEM 2011 from London 2012, Sochi 2014, Glasgow 2014, Americas Cup, FIFA, FISU, FIBA, International Cricket Council and many more. Meanwhile, the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) has signed up with Informa Sports Group as an Associate Partner for the International Sports Event Management Conference and Awards, taking place on 12–13 October in London this year. The ICSS's mission is to enhance security and safety in the world of sport by proactively addressing real issues and providing best–in–class training, research and tailored consulting in all aspects of sport security. The Centres experience and expertise in helping event organisers stage safer sporting events is a perfect fit with ISEM 2011, which focuses on event management challenges when organising major sporting occasions. ISEMs programme this year reflects the growing issues in security and safety that can impact the hosting of sporting events in new and diverse areas of the world. A panel session at the ISEM 2011 conference will address these security and safety issues and how sporting event organisers can most effectively plan, manage and respond to potential threats. The ICSS will join three other panelists for this discussion, providing advice to delegates on how to ensure seamless security planning. For further information on the conference, please visit the website on www. sportseventmanagement. com

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