Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – The United Nations Office for Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), responsible for ensuring the safety and security of major sporting events, successfully concluded a global training program for selected sports experts. The training took place from January 12th to 15th, 2024, at the Police/Interpol Academy in Rome, Italy.
Among the participants was Chief Michael Shamsu Mustapha, the Secretary-General for the African Traditional Sports and Games Confederation (ATSGC), who hails from Sierra Leone. The training covered various topics crucial to ensuring the security of major sporting events, including crowd management, resource mobilization, the use of ICT in such events, stadium/venue security, and stakeholders’ coordination and collaboration.
Chief Mustapha expressed the significance of the knowledge gained, emphasizing its applicability not only to his role with ATSGC but also to aid the Ministry of Sports and other state institutions in Sierra Leone in organizing sporting events safely. He highlighted past incidents of violence during school and university sports events in Sierra Leone and stressed the importance of implementing the acquired knowledge to enhance safety.
Furthermore, Chief Mustapha revealed that the UN has committed to supporting security sector programs in Sierra Leone, ensuring that relevant authorities receive the necessary training to manage sporting events in the country. BT/22/1/2024