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Chris Eaton takes up post at the International Centre for Sport Security

Chris Eaton takes up post at the International Centre for Sport Security
May 11, 2012

The International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS), the not-for-profit institution that specialises in sport security and integrity, has announced the arrival of Chris Eaton as the organisation's new Director of Sport Integrity.

Eaton joins the ICSS following his role as Head of Security at world football governing body FIFA, where he oversaw the development of an international investigation programme tasked with combating match-fixing and criminal behaviour within football.

In his new position, Eaton will work closely with international sporting bodies, governments, agencies and academic institutions to assist them in the development of cross-sport platforms and solutions to tackle the incursion of criminals into both international sports and gambling.

Eaton explained "I am delighted to be joining the ICSS and look forward to working closely with the team to help combat the scourge of sports-results manipulation and criminal activities in sport.

"The ICSS provides tailored advice in important issues of sport security and integrity and I hope to use the valuable experience and knowledge that I gained at FIFA to help develop an international and multi-sport approach to these critical issues."

Speaking on Chris Eaton's arrival, ICSS President Mohammed Hanzab stated "on behalf of the ICSS, I am delighted that Chris, who has been at the forefront of the fight against international match-fixing and related corruption in football, has decided to join the ICSS.

"Alongside our recent agreement with the University of Paris: Pantheon-Sorbonne to develop research programmes and tackle illegal sporting activity, we hope that Chris's arrival demonstrates our ongoing commitment in addressing important issues in sport integrity."

ICSS has also announced a new agreement to work with the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) during the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, taking place from 4th to 20th May in Finland and Sweden.

The agreement sees the IIHF and ICSS collaborate on all aspects of risk Management and crisis communication for the tournament, which features the top 16 ice hockey teams from around the globe.

Central to the project is a joint review of the critical issues from previous IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships and ice hockey events, drawing on the experience of the ICSS team at a number of major sporting events, including previous FIFA World Cups and UEFA European Football Championships.

The ICSS is an international, not-for-profit institution that aims to help event organizers to stage safer major sporting events. The Centre's mission is to enhance security and integrity in the world of sport by proactively addressing real issues and providing best-in-class training, research and tailored advice.

Based in Doha, Qatar, in March ICSS hosted the second International Sport Security Conference.

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