Fifty police officers from Sao Paulo were recently trained in crowd control strategies, the use of force, and more by the FBI.
The upcoming FIFA World Cup was the driving force behind organizing the five-day workshop. Other topics addressed include decision making, interacting with media, and use of intelligence in identifying acts of vandalism.
The monthlong tournament will likely see the same types of protests which took place at last year’s Confederations Cup. Demonstrators asserted that money going toward the World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro should instead be spent on public services.
The public safety office in Sao Paulo state will monitor the area around Arena Corinthians around the clock starting June 10. Six matches will be played at the Sao Paulo venue.
“We have four important areas here, one of security and defense, one of civil defense and firefighters, one of agencies, and one of mobility and traffic,” said state governor Geraldo Alckmin.
India Seeking Sponsors for FIFA Bid
The All India Football Federation is seeking $25 million in sponsors as part of its bid to host back-to-back FIFA Club World Cups..
The country is bidding to host the Club World Cup in 2015 and 2016. India is already scheduled to host the Under-17 World Cup in 2017.
The deadline to submit a bid is August 25. FIFA’s executive committee will select a host in September.
“It is a tough challenge indeed for the AIFF to raise such a huge amount,” secretary general Kushal Das told IANS. “But we are confident that we would get the required guarantees for FIFA.”
Das said the organization will have to sell six local sponsorships which do not conflict with existing FIFA sponsors.
FIFA also asked that the 33 member associations making up the AIFF amend their constitutions to match its own. Das said this would be done in a phased manner, though it is difficult since some of the bodies predate the AIFF by as many as forty years and do not see the need for change.
By INSIDER’s Nick Devlin