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From Munich to Christchurch: When violence hit sports

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi/Christchurch 

The team escaped unhurt and was not even the target but has been specifically directed at sportspersons in the past, leading to bloody repercussions. Here is a look at instances when sport, often a tool to propagate the idea of world peace, found itself caught in the

*1972 Munich Olympics: The most gruesome incident of targetted against sportsperons happened on September 5, 1972. Eleven Israeli athletes and coaches were taken hostage and eventually murdered by terrorists during a 16-hour ordeal, during which the world was witness to chilling images of athletes held captive on gunpoint.

*1987 tour of (cricket): It was to be a three-Test tour but abandoned it after just the first match when a bomb planted by separatists exploded near the team hotel in Colombo, killing 113 civilians.

*2002 tour of (cricket): New Zealand's team was touring in 2002 when a bomb went off outside their hotel, killing 12 people. The players were unscathed but the Black Caps' Board decided to call back the team. A year before this, New Zealand were on their way to for a series before heading back midway owing to the September 11 terror attack in the USA. The series was eventually abandoned.

*2009 tour of Pakistan (cricket): The Sri Lankan team was on its way to play what was to be the third day of the second Test against Pakistan at the in The team bus was, however, intercepted by at least a dozen terrorists who fired at the bus, resulting in to six Sri Lankan players and the death of the Six policemen died protecting the players while two civillians were also killed. The Lankan team returned home and Pakistan has not hosted an international match since then.

*2010 African Nations Cup Tournament: Togo's national side was travelling through the Angolan province of for the African Nations Cup when the team bus came under gun fire from separatists. The side's assistant were killed in the attack.

*2019 tour of New Zealand (cricket): A day before the start of what was to be the third and final Test of the tour, Bangladesh's team was on its way for Friday prayers at the in Christchurch, which was to be followed by a practice session. The mosque came under attack from a gunman, identified as an Australian extremist, and led to the killing 49 people. The players remained safe but the tour was called off.

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First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 16:25 IST