10 Terror Attacks in Sports | Worst Terrorist Attacks in Sports

True sports fans are really serious about the games. Each mage is much more than just another episode of Entertainment for them. Sports is a field in which these crazy fans see their nations, cities, states, etc. win. That is why, it is not uncommon at the grounds to see people getting emotional and crying, or shouting at the top of their voice in anger or excitement. Passion in case of sports is not uncommon or unnatural.

But, sometimes, things get out of hand, like in case of most other things in the world. Some fanatics, to prove their loyalty, take the most disturbing paths. They attack opponent teams, causing shock and pain, and hurting players as well as other people. Some of the most horrifying sports attacks are considered as terrorist attacks. Let us take a look at 10 Terror Attacks in Sports.

10 Terror Attacks in Sports

10. 1972 Munich Olympics

10 Terror Attacks in Sports

10 Terror Attacks in Sports

The 1972 Munich Games witnessed what is universally accepted as the darkest day in the History of Olympics. The Israeli national team was taken hostage by the Palestinian militant group called Black September. It was a 16 hour siege, after which, a manslaughter took place, as 11 of the athletes and coaches, as well as a German police officer, were all killed. While the world watched, horrified, ABC broadcaster Jim McKay broke the news: “My father used to say our greatest hopes and our worst fears are seldom realized. They’re all gone.” For the first time in Olympics history, the competition got suspended as a memorial service, in the presence of 80,000 spectators and 3,000 athletes.

9. 1996 Atlanta Olympics

10 Terror Attacks in Sports

10 Terror Attacks in Sports

1996 Atlanta Olympics led to the building of Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta as the town square of the event. Thousands of spectators gathered for a music concert held at the park on July 27, 1996. A knapsack with three bombs had been planted underneath a bench there, and detonated by Eric Rudolph, a former explosives expert for the United States Army, who believed that “the conception and purpose of the so-called Olympic movement is to promote the values of global socialism.” He wanted to “confound, anger and embarrass the Washington government in the eyes of the world for its abominable sanctioning of abortion on demand,” killing 2 people and injuring another 120.

8. 1997 Grand National

10 Terror Attacks in Sports

10 Terror Attacks in Sports

In 1997, the Grand National, which is the most famous horse racing event in the United Kingdom, had to be abandoned because of a false alarm. IRA reportedly received two coded bomb threats, and when word got out, 60,000 spectators, including Princess Anne, jockeys, race personnel and local residents had to be evacuated. The course was immediately secured by the police and inspected, and the race had to be cancelled for the day, only to be run two days later, in front of a reduced crowd. 20,000 people had to be left stranded over the weekend, with cars and buses locked inside the course, and local residents opening their doors for the stranded, due to limited accommodation options.

7. 2002 Champions League

10 Terror Attacks in Sports

10 Terror Attacks in Sports

On May 1, 2002, a car bomb was detonated close to Bernabeu Stadium, the main stadium of Madrid. This happened a few hours before the Champions League semi-final match in which Real Madrid was supposed to face their arch enemy, Spanish club Barcelona. The attack is attributed to Basque separatist group ETA. It happened shortly after 11 members of Batasuna, a political party that is closely linked to ETA, were arrested. It was not clearly understood immediately whether the real motive of the attack was directed at the club which received the support of the ruling elite of Spain. 17 people were injured as a result of the attack, but the match continued and won by Madrid.

6. 2002 Pakistan v New Zealand Cricket

10 Terror Attacks in Sports

10 Terror Attacks in Sports

On May 8, 2002, a bombing attack was staged by a suicide bomber right outside the Sheraton Hotel in Karachi, Pakistan, where the guest team, New Zealand, was staying. As the suicide bomber detonated the bomb, it turned out to be a massacre that claimed the lives of 14 people, including 11 French Navy experts, 2 Pakistanis and the physiotherapist of the host team, though the New Zealand players were left unhurt. As a result of this attack, there was no action on the ground on the scheduled date of the Test match, since the match was cancelled, as the shocked, scared and angered New Zealand team took off and left for home town, for obvious security reasons.

5. 2006 Olympics

10 Terror Attacks in Sports

10 Terror Attacks in Sports

The athletic team of Iraq faced three deadly attacks in 2006. The most notable one of these took place on July 15, 2006. After the sports conference which took place in Baghdad got stormed by 50 gunmen, Ahmed-al-Hadjiya, who was the head of the Olympic Committee of the country, was kidnapped, along with 30 other athletes and officials. The same year, on May 17, another kidnapping episode had taken place, when 15 athletes and staff members of the taekwondo team were taken in, while they were on their way to the competition in Jordan, and they could not be traced at all. Nine days later, the tennis coach of the country, along with two of his players, were killed by gunmen.

4. 2008 Dakar Rally

10 Terror Attacks in Sports

10 Terror Attacks in Sports

The 2008 edition of the Dakar Rally was supposed to be help on January 4. However, the organizing committee of the event received a threat that there would be an attack by al-Qaeda. As a result of this, the organizer deemed that it would be too dangerous to stage the event. Subsequently, it got cancelled, which happened for the first time in 30 years in the history of the rally. It was scheduled to start in Lisbon, Portugal, and, end in Dakar, Senegal. The security of the participants was brought into question, mainly because the event was to spend eight days in the area of Mauritania, where the murder of a French couple had taken place the previous day, probably by the al-Qaeda.

3. 2008 Sinhala and Tamil New Year Marathon

10 Terror Attacks in Sports

10 Terror Attacks in Sports

On April 6, 2008, at the start of a marathon celebrating the beginning of Sri Lanka’s new year, there was a bomb blast, and, according to the government of Sri Lanka, a Tamil Tiger suicide bomber is attributed to the detonation of the device that claimed the lives of 12 people, including highways minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, former Olympic marathon runner KA Karunaratne and the national athletics coach, Lakshman de Alwis. Apart from the casualties, there were almost 00 other people who were severely injured in the blast, as the viewers along the course and television viewers watched with horror and shock in their eyes and screamed in panic, while blood spilled on the roads.

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2. 2009 Sri Lanka v Pakistan Cricket

10 Terror Attacks in Sports

10 Terror Attacks in Sports

On Tuesday, March 3, 2009, when the Sri Lankan cricket team was on its way to the match against Pakistan, the team bus was attacked by about 12 gunmen. The cricketers and their police escorts were attacked with rockets, grenades and multiple round of ammunition. As a result of this, 8 people were killed, including six policemen and two civilians. Another nine were injured, including six players, an umpire and two of the staff members. The attack was attributed to Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a militant group closely associated with al-Qaeda. Sri Lanka, who were filling in for India who pulled out of the Test for security concerns, had been promised “presidential-style security” by Pakistan.

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1. 2013 Boston Marathon

10 Terror Attacks in Sports

10 Terror Attacks in Sports

On April 15, 2013, during the Boston Marathon, a series of bomb blasts ripped through the unsuspecting crowd of sports fans, waiting to enjoy the spectacle of the event. The attack, which was dubbed as an act of terror by a White House official, killed three people. However, that was not all. The attack severely injured more than 264 people, leaving many of them maimed, as two pressure cooker bombs exploded at the event. The suspects, who were recognized by photographs and surveillance video, were later identified as Chechen brothers, who, during their interrogation, expressed that they were independent and radicalized, and motivated by Islamist beliefs and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

These attacks have left scars in the minds of sports fans as well as the countries that suffer. Sports are meant to unite the nations, but these attacks do just the opposite of that. These attacks scare away people, like in case of the regular terror attacks. They leave a dark blotch in the history of sports.

10 Terror Attacks in Sports

1. 2013 Boston Marathon
2. 2009 Sri Lanka v Pakistan Cricket
3. 2008 Sinhala and Tamil New Year Marathon
4. 2008 Dakar Rally
5. 2006 Olympics
6. 2002 Pakistan v New Zealand Cricket
7. 2002 Champions League
8. 1997 Grand National
9. 1996 Atlanta Olympics
10. 1972 Munich Olympics