Celebrity no-shows par for the course at events

It is natural for an organiser like Unicess, who is behind the Singapore-Argentina game, to capitalise on superstars like Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain to pull in the crowds (Unscrupulous move to bank on Messi to draw fans, by Mr Mohamad Farid Harunal Rashid; June 13).

I am a fan of sports and seminars.

I have attended sporting events expecting a particular athlete I admire to play, only for that player not to show up.

Similarly, I have attended some seminars where big-name speakers were confirmed, only for them to pull out at the last minute or not speak.

I believe that many of these incidents stem from exigencies and unforeseen circumstances.

Everything we do involves taking risks - so, no-shows due to terrorist attacks, falling ill and so on - are par for the course.

It is natural for organisers and promoters to bank on Messi or other celebrities to draw crowds and fans.

Unless there are laws against this kind of action, we should remember to go to these events at our own risk.

Ace Kindredzen Cheong