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Monica Seles, Juliette Kayyem in ICSS advisory board.

MIR BASIT HUSSAIN DOHA MONICA Seles, former world number one and winner of nine tennis grand slams, has been made a member of the advisory board of the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS), an international organisation based in Doha that specialises in promoting safety, security and integrity of sports.

Apart from Seles, Juliette Kayyem, a lecturer in public policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, has also been called to the board as she brings with her 15 years of experience in national security and foreign policy.

Seles will provide the advisory board with a unique perspective into security at major sport events, as well as offering a wealth of experience as a former athlete.

Kayyem has also managed security efforts for a number of major sport events, including Chicago's bid for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, the Caribbean Games and the World Equestrian Games. As part of her role on the boar, Juliette will offer considerable insight into the role of government policy in bidding for and hosting major sport events, as well as advising and supporting the ICSS on best practice in working with local authorities and government departments.

ICSS President Mohammed Hanzab said, "Monica and Juliette's appointments to the ICSS Advisory Board are important milestones in the history of the organisation. I am sure Monica will bring with her the unique insight that comes only with playing sport at the highest level. On the other hand, Juliette, with her extensive experience in sport and government, is an exciting addition to our team and I am looking forward to working with her and Monica on a range of projects over the coming months, including the Integrity Symposium and the 3rd International Sport Security Conference." For her part, Monica Seles said, "I am delighted to be joining the ICSS Advisory Board and would like to thank them for giving me this opportunity to help make the world of sport a safer, more secure environment for everyone involved." Kayyem said, "With many new nations looking to host major international sport events and federations striving to grow in new territories, the ICSS is a much needed hub of knowledge, expertise and advice. Effective collaboration with governments is now a crucial element to hosting successful major sport events and I look forward to sharing my experience and working closely with the ICSS Advisory Board."

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Date:Sep 8, 2012
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