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Vincent Hogan: Sporting events forever sitting duck of terrorism

Published 11/01/2010 | 09:10

IT is maybe the most natural response imaginable to the pain now rusting up inside Angola to take sport into protective custody.

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Terrorism spilling onto the back pages is like oil washing up on shingle. It triggers instant reflexes. Rage. Panic. Recrimination. Sport, we tell ourselves, should have a sacred place in this big, bad, troubled world. It should have a separate context. Diplomatic privilege.

Yet, in reality, it is the sitting duck of terrorism. How many people worldwide could name the Prime Minister of Togo? How many have heard of Emmanuel Adebayor? The answer to the second question is, of course, many multiples of the first.

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