HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - A member of Southern Miss's National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security, known as NCS4, is headed to the middle eastern country of Qatar for a prestigious international conference.
Stacey Hall is the center's Associate Director and she is one of only 150 delegates selected across the globe to participate in the first ever international sports security conference in Qatar. That country was recently selected as the site of the 2022 World Cup.
Representatives from the International Olympic Committee , world wide soccer experts and the heads of security for government and law enforcement agencies will also be on hand to improve information sharing techniques and explore some of the best practices in use to make sure international sporting events are safe.
According to Hall, "It's an honor for myself to actually represent NCS4 and the University of Southern Mississippi on an international level. But this is great exposure for our institution and it really is a reflection of all the hard work of our staff at NCS4 on a daily basis."
Hall said the conference will also feature presentations by international athletes like former tennis star Monica Seles, who was stabbed during a 1993 match in Germany by a crazed spectator.