23 Jan. 2017
‘Qatar’s early planning and detailed preparations to host a safe and secure FIFA World Cup will set a precedent for future mega events’, Tim Morris, Interpol Executive Director for police services said.
Morris is in Qatar to discuss Interpol’s Project ‘Stadia’, to support Qatar in its preparations for hosting the world football’s showpiece. Morris was briefed on plans for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.
During his stay in Qatar, the Interpol Chief met with Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General, Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy and security officials.
In April 2017, Project Stadia will host the first International Major Event Security Conference in Doha, involving key decision-makers, experts and practitioners from around the world.
“Hosts look at what other hosts are doing and the smart ones learn from each other. We are seeing more and more that preparations are undertaken early but I think so far Qatar has set the benchmark for preparing early for such a major tournament,” Morris said.
“Interpol’s Project Stadia is allowing officials from both organizations to prepare for future challenges, but also to prepare a body of knowledge that leaves a legacy not only for Qatar and the region but globally on some of the lessons learned in terms of security and running such important global events,” he added.
Morris added that one of the big challenges in terms of security is trying to imagine what the world will look like in 2022. “We know what the security context is today, but in six years’ time it might be a different question and anticipating that and making provisions to be able to be flexible enough to address it in 2022 will certainly be one of the challenges. Seeing the preparations, I’m confident the processes are beginning to be put in place to enable the team here to address that challenge.”
“The visit to the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy has helped me understand much more clearly the context of the whole project and not just the tournament. You can see how it is an important catalyst for growth, development and ultimately, legacy,” the Interpol official said.