Yesterday's terrorist attack in Pakistan serves as a stark reminder of the inherent terrorist threat that exists for high profile major sporting events. A total of seven players and coach were hurt in a gun and grenade ambush in the Pakistan city of Lahore which left at least eight other people dead. Since the 1972 Munich Olympics where 11 Israeli athletes and officials were murdered in a terrorist attack, major sporting events have represented a high profile target for terrorism. This was reinforced again with the 1996 Atlanta City bombing and more recently in Australia with the alleged 2005 plot by home grown groups to attack the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the AFL Grand Final.
Security risk management and for larger major events, anti-terrorism planning, continues to be an important part of any major event's risk management planning.