Former tennis star Seles adds voice to sport-security body advisory board

Sunday, 09 September 2012
By Stuart Newman

Monica Seles_8_SeptSeptember 9 - Former tennis champion Monica Seles and Juliette Kayyem have joined the advisory board of the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS), the body which specialises in safety, security and integrity in sport.


Seles (pictured top, on right alongside Maria Sharapova), a one-time world number one, and lecturer Kayyem join a distinguished list of security and integrity experts on the board – including chairman Lord John Stevens, the former Commissioner of London's Metropolitan Police; Peter Ryan, security advisor to the International Olympic Committee; Horst Schmidt, vice-president of the Local Organising Committee for the 2006 FIFA World Cup; Rick Parry, ex-chief executive of the English football Premier League; and Khoo Boon Hui, president of Interpol.

Seles is one of the most decorated female players in tennis history, winning nine Grand Slam crowns and 53 WTA tour singles titles; the Yugoslavian-born player also became the youngest-ever winner of the French Open, aged just 16 years and six months, when she beat then-world number one, Steffi Graf, in 1990.

Injured in a notorious on-court attack three years later, the 38-year-old will provide the board with a unique perspective into security at major sport events as well as offer a wealth of experience within the international media as a former athlete.

Monica Seles_French_Open_1990_12_8_SeptMonica Seles, French Open tennis victor as a teenager in 1990, will advise the ICSS

Kayyem, a lecturer in public policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, has managed security efforts for a number of major sports events, including Chicago's bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, the Caribbean Games and the World Equestrian Games.

The United States-born 43-year-old will offer considerable insight into the role of Government policy when bidding for and hosting major sport events as well as advise and support the ICSS on best practice in working with authorities.

Mohammed Hanzab, President of the ICSS, said: "I am looking forward to working with Monica and Juliette on a range of projects over the coming months, including our forthcoming Integrity Symposium and third International Sport Security Conference."

Contact the writer of this story at stuart.newman@insidethegames.biz


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