A glance at sporting events and teams that have been targeted in attacks:
- Sept 5, 1972, Munich Olympics massacre
Eight Palestinian terrorists stormed the Olympic village before dawn, killing two members of the Israeli team and taking nine hostages. A shootout during a botched rescue at a suburban airfield resulted in the deaths of all nine hostages, five terrorists and a police officer. The Summer Games were suspended for 34 hours and service was held in the main stadium to commemorate the victims. International Olympic Committee President Avery Brundage insisted the events continue, famously saying "The Games must go on!"
- July 27, 1996, Atlanta Olympics bombing
A pipe bomb exploded during a concert at Centennial Olympic Park, away from the sports venues, in the predawn hours of the ninth day of the Summer Games. One woman was killed, and 111 were injured. A Turkish cameraman died of a heart attack running to the scene. Competition continued, and Canadian Donovan Bailey set a world record in the men's 100 meters that night. Eric Rudolph is serving life in a federal prison in Colorado after he was captured several years later and convicted of the Olympic bombing and three others. Centennial Park reopened four days after the bombing.
- Jan 8, 2010, Togo soccer team ambush
Two officials with Togo's national soccer team and a bus driver from Angola were killed when gunmen opened fire on the team bus in a dangerous region of Angola before the African Cup of Nations. At least two players had gunshot wounds. The team reluctantly pulled out of the tournament after being urged to return home by Togo President Faure Gnassingbe.
- Feb 21, 2011, Somali soccer death
A young Somali soccer player was killed and two teammates were wounded when a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden car at a police station in Mogadishu, Somalia. Abdi Salaan Mohamed Ali, an under-20 international player, was among eight people killed, and 35 were wounded. The war-torn country's most dangerous militant group, al-Shabab, claimed responsibility.