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ICSS to scale back operations

The International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) is to lay off a significant portion of its staff due to budget cuts.

The Reuters news agency, citing a source familiar with the matter, reported that 20 employees will lose their jobs at the Doha-headquartered organisation.

In a statement reported by Reuters, the ICSS said: “The ICSS has restructured and is reorganising … and we can confirm that some staff will be affected. The roles that are affected will be distributed internationally across the ICSS Group.”

The ICSS was formed as a means to support Qatar’s plans to become a major destination for sporting events. The body holds partnerships with various sports leagues and organisations around the world.

Last June, the ICSS appointed Michael Hershman, co-founder of Transparency International, as its new group chief executive in a move the organisation described as a “significant milestone” in its development plans.