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Tuesday, September 11, 2001
Sporting world expresses horror at US attacks

LONDON, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Leading sports officials and organisations on both sides of the Atlantic reacted with deep shock and horror to Tuesday's terror attacks in the U.S.

Mallorca - Arsenal
Arsenal players stand in respect at Real Mallorca's Palma stadium
(LaurenceGriffiths/Allsport)
The attacks were described by the International Olympic Committee as 'horrendous' and left the Lausanne-based organisation with 'a profound sense of shock and disbelief'.

IOC president Jacques Rogge sent letters of condolence to President George W. Bush and the Organising Committee of Salt Lake City where the 2002 Winter Olympics are to be held.

In Europe, Champions League and UEFA Cup soccer matches went ahead with a minute's silence observed at each stadium before kickoff and the German TV broadcaster Premier World said it would run no commentaries as a mark of respect to the victims.

UEFA's chief executive Gerhard Aigner said: 'UEFA wishes to express its profound sadness and horror at the tragic and terrible events which have taken place today in the United States.

'In recognition of these terrible tragedies, UEFA has asked that a one minute silence be observed at all UEFA club competition games taking place tonight.'

Aigner said UEFA would closely monitor the security developments within Europe and make a further statement on Wednesday morning concerning Wednesday's and Thursday's Champions League and UEFA Cup matches.

At Rome's Olympic stadium, players in AS Roma's Champions League match against Real Madrid wore black armbands.

The European Golf Tour hoped 'all involved in our sport will fully understand that at this time our deepest sympathies go to the American people and to the families and friends of all who have lost their lives in this terrible tragedy.'

A statement will be issued 'at an appropriate time' on current golf schedules.

The Ryder Cup is set for September 28-30 at The Belfry in England, but several of the American and European players are due to compete in the WGC-American Express Championship at St Louis, which has had its scheduled Thursday start postponed for 24 hours.

Sweden's Jesper Parnevik, a member of Europe's team who is planning to fly to St Louis for the American Express Championship, was stranded in New York when all air traffic was suspended.

'I'm looking for a safe place, a (hotel) building which is as low as possible,' Parnevik, who was at the Plaza Hotel at a sponsor's fashion show when the attack occurred, told Sweden's TT news agency.

The U.S. PGA Tour also put back for 24 hours the Tampa Bay Classic in Florida and the Buy.com Oregon Classic.

All three tournaments have been rescheduled to begin on Friday and the 72 holes played over three days instead of four.

Major League Baseball called off all 15 of Tuesday's scheduled games.

Commissioner Bud Selig said: 'In the interest of security and out of a sense of deep mourning for the national tragedy that has occurred today, all Major League Baseball games for today have been cancelled.'

The NFL was undecided whether to call off the 14 games scheduled for the weekend.

The New York Giants are scheduled to host the Green Bay Packers at Giants Stadium, just across the Hudson River and within view of Manhattan's now toppled World Trade Center twin towers.

Horse racing and betting run by Kentucky-based Churchill Downs Incorporated was suspended for two days.

Soccer was also affected in the U.S. with the postponement of a number of Major League Soccer and U.S. Women's Cup games due to be played on Tuesday and Wednesday.

A German league ice hockey match between the Nuremberg Ice Tigers and the Reiver Lions Oberhausen scheduled for Tuesday was called off.

The players were asked whether they wanted to play and said they would rather not. Three Americans play for the Ice Tigers.

 


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