Terror threat to Indian sport

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Sporting events in the Indian subcontinent face an uncertain future following atrocities in Mumbai at the end of November 2008.

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) is set to reassess security planning for the 2010 New Delhi Commonwealth Games in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Mumbai that left more than 170 people dead in late November 2008. Games chiefs had previously met with security officials and state police in New Delhi in early November to discuss security issues but a fresh assessment will be made following the horrific events in the Bollywood capital. The Commonwealth Youth Games were held in Pune in October 2008 a matter of weeks after a series of bombs exploded in New Delhi, so the CGF has already been scaling up its security planning. " We constantly monitor the security situation as part of our preparations and we will make sure that the arrangements are appropriate to the threat level that our advisors tell us is there, " said CGF chief executive Mike Hooper. The terrorist strikes in India could obviously have significant repercussions for other sporting events in the region, such as cricket events already on the calendar. The England cricket team abandoned its one–day tour of India after the attacks and the future of the scheduled Test series between the two is in doubt, as is India's planned tour to Pakistan in 2009, or they may fail to attract players who fear for their personal safety. A certain consequence of the terror strikes is that insurance premiums for covering major sports events will rise significantly. Jonathan Ticehurst, a sports insurance expert and director of Long Reach insurers which was responsible for organising the insurance of the Indian Premier League told UK newspaper The Times: "Everyone had thought India is a multinational, multicultural society and apart from the odd specific outrage, life goes on as it does in other parts of the world. I think what the last 24 hours has shown us is that, all of a sudden, India is right in the front line when it comes to terrorism. " An industry concern is that with an estimated 70% of the world's cricket revenues being generated in India, the attacks may create a "crisis of confidence" in sports tourism to India and to the region, that of course may also have a knock on effect for the 2010 Commonwealth Games. If the Games are allowed to stay in New Delhi that is. At the time of writing, CGF officials were refusing to rule out the option of moving the event if required.

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