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Threats to sporting events getting global attention

One vision of planned Qatari World Cup stadium, from Youtube

Planned Qatari World Cup stadium (YouTube)

Nightclubs, political events and holiday festivities have been in the bull’s-eye of Islamic terrorists, and now a bigger target is getting attention, according to Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

Jam-packed sports stadiums with tens of thousands of fans are a concern because of the 2022 FIFA World Cup championships scheduled in Qatar, in the heart of the Middle East.

The Gulf nation is hosting a meeting to “discuss and share best practices to mitigate potential threats facing major sporting events.”

The meeting is to look at concrete recommendations for improving physical features that can enhance security, as well as the security “architectures” for major events.

“The great opportunities presented by the World Cup to host nations inevitably come with challenges. The security risk which accompanies such a great event is one of the most prominent challenges which host nations must work to overcome,” said Ali Mohammed Al-Ali, a Qatari official who is with the nation’s committee for “Delivery & Legacy.”

“In a rapidly and constantly changing international context marked by evolving security concerns, international policing must pull together a diversified range of expertise to ensure major events remain safe and secure to protect the public, and ensure competitors can concentrate on their performance without distractions about their safety,” added Falah Abdulla Al-Dosari of Project Stadia.

Project Stadia was established by INTERPOL, the international police agency, to coordinate crime-fighting around the world.

“This is a role INTERPOL’s Project Stadia undertakes to help guide law enforcement worldwide to deliver excellence in major event security,” al-Dosari said.

For the rest of this report, and more, please go to Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

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