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Terrorists stage a devastating synchronized attack on U.S. soil - targeting the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and killing thousands of Americans. Follow the events in one of the nation's worst days.




"When it comes to security, everything has changed since Tuesday."
IOC president Jacques Rogge

"It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that sporting events are absolutely meaningless compared to what's going on in Washington and going on in New York."
Baseball slugger Mark McGwire


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  • Sept. 14, 2001
    Reuters
    The Ferrari team at the Italian Grand Prix observing the global moment of silence
    (CBS) No major sporting event will ever be the same because of heightened security concerns following the terrorist attacks in the United States, International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge said Friday.

    After Rogge joined in an official three-minute mourning ceremony at European Union headquarters, he reiterated that security arrangements for the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City next February would be fully reassessed.

    "We have, already next week, a meeting and discussions with organizers and (U.S.) authorities," he said. "All in all, the sports movement will be revisiting its security rules because, of course, when it comes to security, everything has changed since Tuesday."

    He was referring to the attacks by hijacked airliners on the World Trade Center in New York and Pentagon in Washington.

    Major League Baseball has postponed all games until Monday, the National Football League postponed this Sunday's games, NASCAR postponed a race scheduled in New Hampshire for Sunday, many colleges have elected to skip weekend football games, and other sports have rescheduled as well.

    Initially, the Ladies Professional Golf Association, like the Southeast Conference of college football, had planned to go ahead with its plans for this weekend. Then, like the SEC, it had second thoughts, deciding its late-season Safeway Classic in Portland, Oregon, wasn't important enough to draw the nation's attention away from its prolonged grief.

    "The nation's focus is rightfully on the events of the last few days, and in light of that focus, the appropriate course of action was to cancel the tournament," LPGA commissioner Ty Votaw said Thursday.

    It's believed to be the first time in the LPGA Tour's 51-year history that an event was canceled without a shot being played, the tour said.

    Once out on the course for practice this week, however, golfer Donna Andrews found that it wasn't so easy to put the images of wrecked buildings and tormented families out of her mind.

    "I looked at my caddie and I said, 'You know what? Even as good as I'm hitting it, as much as I want to play, mentally I don't,'" she said. "There's so many other things going on. It just makes you realize that golf's really not that important."

    Major League Baseball decided on Thursday afternoon to postpone this weekend's games. Commissioner Bud Selig earlier had postponed games from Tuesday through Thursday.

    St. Louis Cardinals home-run king Mark McGwire says he is dismayed that Major League Baseball did not move more quickly to postpone this weekend's games.

    "It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that sporting events are absolutely meaningless compared to what's going on in Washington and going on in New York," McGwire told Friday's St. Louis Post Dispatch.

    "Why people have taken so long to make the decision, I have no idea," said McGwire, who in 1998 set the all-time single season home run record with 70 home runs.

    McGwire said he thought even plans to re-start the season on Monday should depend on the progress of the rescue and recovery efforts at that point.

    "That is the first and foremost thing, trying to find if any more people are alive," he said. "For athletes to even think about going out to play with lives still buried, it's totally wrong...

    The NFL postponed the second week of its season on Thursday because of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, in part because commissioner Paul Tagliabue heeded the pleas of players who said they were too shaken to take the field.

    "We all as Americans knew there was something way more important than football this week," Tampa Bay's Warren Sapp said after Tagliabue's decision not to play following attacks that killed thousands.

    "It's way more important to get this country running back the way we want it to ½ for everybody to feel safe again. It just isn't safe. You can't pack 72,000 people into Raymond James Stadium and sit there for 3½ hours and say everything's going to be OK."

    It's the first time the NFL has missed a week for a reason other than a labor dispute.

    In 1963, it played games two days after President Kennedy was assassinated, a decision commissioner Pete Rozelle said later was the one he regretted most during his 29 years in office.

    The Ferrari team at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza is competing this weekend without sponsors' emblems on their overalls and cars, and the nose of the car driven by world champion Michael Schumacher is painted black in respect for the victims of the terrorist attacks.

    Salt Lake's security planning will be addressed when the IOC's ruling executive board meets next week in Lausanne, Switzerland.

    Rogge indicated the security concerns will go well beyond the Olympics. Soccer authorities are also reviewing security ahead of next year's World Cup in Japan and South Korea. The World Athletics Championships and other multi-day events could also be affected.

    Rogge stressed the International Olympic Committee had long considered security as its top priority, and only had to reassess it because of the changing terrorist challenge.

    "It has not changed our order of priorities," he said. "Security is still, more than yesterday, our No. 1 priority."

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