“The Games must go on, and we must ... and we must continue

our efforts to keep them clean, pure and honest.”

–Avery Brundage, International Olympic

Committee President, 1972.

The 1972 summer Olympics in Munich became the site of an international hostage crisis that brought the world news reporting to a standstill. Eleven member of the Israeli Olympic team were taken hostage – and eventually killed – along with a German police officer by a Palestinian group called Black September (one of whose members is pictured here). The high profile nature of the Olympics gave the event enormous notoriety and global impact, perhaps explaining why the trend of targeting sporting events continues to be utilized by terror groups.

While the greatest number of deaths in the Paris attack happened at the Bataclan theatre, the Stade de France, where and international friendly between France and Germany was underway, was also a target. Had the attackers made it through the outer perimeter the damage could have been catastrophic. Pakistan has been facing terrorist attacks on a regular basis, but the attack on the Sri Lankan team in 2009 proved to be the most destabilizing for the country’s security perception. The Stade de France was luckily spared, but it is certain that the trend will continue.