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Summer of sporting risk kicks off this week

The problems afflicting Euro 2016 and Rio Olympics underline the massive challenge and expense of hosting such mega events. 

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The Switzerland team at the training ground at the Mosson stadium in Montpellier on June 7, ahead of the Euro 2016 football championships. French authorities are deploying some 90,000 police, soldiers and security guards for the tournament. Last month, the US State Department issued a warning that the event could be a target for further terrorist atrocities.

London

THIS Friday sees the kick-off of the European Football Championships, the world's third biggest sporting event, followed hot on the heels by the opening of the Rio Olympics in August.  While hosting such major contests still commands national prestige, both events have been plagued