Ensuring Security Against the Threats of Terrorist Acts in Mega Sport Events

Anupa Jayawardhana

Year: 2016 Volume: 25 Issue: a

Pages: 1-8

Abstract: Terrorism has been one of major theoretical and teaching themes of sport security management. Since the tragic event of 1972 Munich Olympic to the 9/11 tragedy (in the United States of America) terrorism has galvanised fears among many parties. Mega sport events have more terrorist threats than regional and localised sport events because they carry a significant economic, political, social and symbolic importance and attract global media. Consequently, the security budget for mega sport events has been on the increase for the past decades. In 1992 Olympic Games, the security budget figured US $ 66 million and it reached US $ 2.2 billion in 2004 Sydney Olympic and it is most likely that it will be much higher for Olympic Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. Event organisers are trying to reduce the impacts of terrorism by spending more money on security. But then arrive the important questions” what are the impacts of terrorist acts in sport mega events and what are the actions have been taken by event organisers to ensure security against the threats of terrorist acts in mega sport events?” Many social impacts can be identified of terror in sport events. These include limiting human rights and reduced recreational time. Event organisers have used many strategies to reduce the treats of terrorist such as introducing new technological equipment, establish new polices and legislations.