A number of announcements were made at the 3rd day of ASPIRE4SPORT 2013 conference and exhibition. During a press conference, International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) and Qatar Stars League announced their sport integrity partnership.
The event is organized by IFP Qatar. IFP Qatar, one of the Middle East’s most accomplished event organizers, has been contracted by the Aspire Zone Foundation for the Aspire4Sport Congress & Exhibition for three years starting in 2013.
The ‘Sport Integrity Best Practice’ partnership will see the ICSS and QSL collaborate to monitor matches in the 2nd leg of 2013.14 QSL season and the Heir Apparent Cup. The agreement will include the introduction of vulnerable match-alert and suspicious match-reporting systems as well as a range of seminars and workshops to educate and instill best practice in appreciating, resisting, preventing, and responding to match fixing.
Meanwhile, Gulf Crafts has announced, following the company's strong success in marketing their Awards and Signage products, they will use ASPIRE4SPORT as a platform to introduce a brand new spectrum of services in Events Branding. As a company based out of Qatar, Gulf Crafts is in a unique position of strength to export their products and services to other markets while other companies based in the country are importing from other markets.
World Sports Company also announced a new initiative with legendary footballer BasileBoli that will see the best footballers of the world participate in a “Veterans World Cup” to take place in Qatar, which will see over 200 international players above 35 years old come to Qatar and demonstrate their great skills.
The initiative is supported by world-class stars including ZinedineZedane, Paolo Maldini, Emilio Butragueno, among many others.
Dr.MichaelD'Hooghe, Member of the FIFA Executive Committee, was a keynote speaker on the topic of medical infrastructure for FIFA World Cup host cities. He said although host cities have tremendous other planning to undertake, medical planning is still key and important decisions must be made. "FIFA will work closely with medical authorities in Doha as each country has its own unique characteristics and systems in place". He added that he was confident that Qatar's preparedness will be world-class and that the country will host one of the best World Cup events.
A debate was held on how major events can have positive ramifications for a city, in both social and financial senses. The panel comprised ManfieldMandigora, Assistant Director, Infrastructure & Capital Projects, Deloitte &Touche Julian Yeomans, Business Director, Fast Track Qatar, and Simon Cory-Wright, Director, TSE Consulting, ME. The panel were confident that country's that host major events such as FIFA World Cup can develop their economies as much as 10 to 12 years ahead of time. However legacy planning will be key in curbing costs in the future once these events have come and gone.