Terror risk exposure of modern sports

Terror risk exposure of modern sports

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Dr.Sc.Polyt., Professor A.P. Koshkin1
Dr.Sc.Hist., Professor I.V. Yablochkina1
PhD, Associate Professor A.V. Novikov1
Yu.A. Davydova1
PhD, Associate Professor Yu.E.Kurilyuk1
1Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, Moscow
2Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation, Moscow

The article analyzes the exposure of modern sports to terror risks in the context of the global growth of terroristic activity since 1972. Objective of the study was to rate exposure of the top-ranking sport events to terror risks. Applied for the study purposes was a historical analysis, comparative analysis and a neo-institutional approach. The study data and analyses give grounds to believe that the exposure of major global sport events to acts of terror will unlikely fall in the nearest future despite the relative high security standards of the last few global events on the whole and the Olympic Games in particular. Since the Olympic Games are deservedly ranked on top of the global sport events by their popularity, they will long be a target number one for terrorists. Global anti-terror efforts are being consolidated and perfected by the initiatives to expand and improve the international cooperation of the law-enforcement agencies, special and reconnaissance services and the relevant financial control agencies. International top-ranking competitions shall be supported by a well-designed and efficient international cooperation system to effectively prevent acts of terror during the Olympic Games and other popular sport events.

Keywords: sports, terror, risk, security, Olympic Games.

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