Sport and Terrorism

Sport and Terrorism       
Prepared by  Prepared by: Chris Hume and Christine May, Senior Research Consultants, Clearinghouse for Sport, Sport Australia
evaluated by  Evaluation by: Professor Tracey Taylor, University of Technology Sydney (UTS), School of Business. (May 2017).
Reviewed by  Reviewed by network: Australian Sport Information Network (AUSPIN)
Last updated  Last updated: 20 October 2017
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The terrorist attack during the 1972 Munich Olympic Games signalled that sport could be a target for violent political or social extremism. Since that time a number of sporting events around the world have been targeted by terrorists and this has led to a heightened focus upon risk management and security planning. 

Key Messages 


Sporting events have been targeted by terrorists dating back to the 1972 Munich Olympic Games


Governments at all levels now play a significant role in major sporting events, especially from a security perspective.


Critical Incident Management planning is an important tool for any sporting body that organises or attends large scale events.

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