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Remembering every time sport became the target of violence

Puneet Hooda
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New Zealand v Bangladesh - 2nd Test: Day 4
New Zealand v Bangladesh - 2nd Test: Day 4

The New Zealand massacre silenced the world and showed that terrorism has no religion, and the saddest thing is when the purity of sports is laid unchaste by terrorism

In a recent terror attack in New Zealand, the lucky escapees was the Bangladesh cricket team, who were going to the same mosque, but were fortunate that their captain Mashrafe Mortaza was running late, so they couldn't reach there on time. 

 Bangladesh has ended their tour due to security concern and, this is the first time it is happening. 

Here, we will look at six such incidents were sportsperson were attacked or nearly escaped the attack.

#6 Munich Olympics - 1972

Germany Commemorates Victims Of 1972 Olympic Games Attack
Germany Commemorates Victims Of 1972 Olympic Games Attack

The Olympic games is a historical tournament with the aim to unite all five continents to promote unity and also a healthy competitive spirit in sports. It burns down our soul when terrorists target such a prestigious event. 

Munich, Germany hosted the Olympics in 1972 and the havoc caused by the terrorists turned the carnival into the lamenting field. On 5th December, Palestinian terrorists attacked the games village and took 11 Isreal Olympic team members hostage and killed them along with one German police officer. This incident left the whole world in shock and despair.

To pay tribute to the Israeli players and a German Police officer Munich massacre memorial was inaugurated in Munich On September 6, 2017.

#5 New Zealand tour of Sri Lanka (1987)

Craig McDermott and Mike Whitney
Craig McDermott and Mike Whitney

New Zealand cricket team was on tour to Sri Lanka to play three Test matches and three One-Day Internationals, and nobody forecasted the way tour ended. A bomb exploded near New Zealand team's hotel in Colombo created chaos in New Zealand contingent.

However, New Zealand cricket team was not the target, but it caused tension and despair among the team members. Luckily, no one got killed or injured during the attack. It was one of the darkest days in the history of cricket and still haunt cricket fans around the world. 

New Zealand cricket team decided to end their tour and returned home safely. The incident not only left New Zealand players traumatised but also proved disastrous for Sri Lanka cricket fans as well because until 1992 international cricket was not played in the country.

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