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Fourth Sports Versus Crime conference to begin

Dubai: The stage is set for the three-day fourth International Conference of Sport Versus Crime under the theme “Sport without Crime”, to be held from Monday.

The conference, which has attracted sportsmen and participants from around the world, is being held under the patronage of Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman, Dubai Sports Council (DSC) and organised by the Dubai Police General Headquarters. Al Futtaim are the official sponsors of the event with Dodsal as platinum sponsor, Eazeebiz as sponsorship partner and Medialand as main event organiser.

Speaking to the Gulf News after the pre-launch media briefing at the Police Officer’s Club, Colonel Dr Jasim K. Mirza, director of the security awareness department, general department of community services of Dubai Police and the chief coordinator of the event said: “In this conference, we will be talking about a very important theme, which is sports without crime.

“Why we have taken up this topic is because there is a problem of violence in sports and Dubai Police wants to convey an important message to the people, the youth and juveniles not to indulge in such acts. We want them to like sports, use sports and spend their time with sports. For this we want the support of the parents, schools, clubs and the community as a whole to help young people to spend their time through sports so that they can be [kept] away from any crime. This is the important message we want to convey through this conference.”

Mirza then went on to elaborate on the three-day conference: “In this conference we will have more than 27 countries and 40 participants taking part. Some are researchers…and all of them will share their ideas and experience on how they can create an impact.”

The organisers have flown in Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson to address the gathering along with Ned Wills, foundation director of Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.

The first day’s topic is on the role of sports media, its role in raising awareness among youth about the concept of safe sports education, the effects in reducing the phenomenon of hooliganism on sports fields and on combating sports crimes. The afternoon session will discuss the topic of Steroid Stimulants in sports and its side effects.

On Tuesday, Willis Edward Marcus from United Kingdom will speak on breaking the cycle of violence by using sports to combat youth crimes, while Bernadette King Turner from New Zealand will talk on the influence of positive parenting during early childhood. This will be followed by a discussion on modern strategies to reduce hostile behaviour in sports. The final day will have discussions on preventive methods and recommendations.