25 Unforgettable Sport Disasters

Throughout history, people have seen and heard of several disasters involving sports. While sports enthusiasts primarily go to stadiums to witness sporting events and cheer for their favorite athletes, sometimes, such events end up being substitutes for chaos either among fans, teams or the athletes themselves. Accidents, disasters and deaths involving sports prove to be common especially these days, when it is so easy to become fervently hooked to different sporting events because of the unwarranted hype given to them by the media. Here is a list of 25 unforgettable sport disasters in history.

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The End of Michael Watson’s Career

The End of Michael Watson’s Career

A retired British boxer, Michael Watson had his career end prematurely after he lost his fight against Chris Eubank for the super middleweight title. He lasted until the 12th round of the game, but after getting a series of blows from Eubank, he collapsed in the ring. After 30 minutes, he still could not stand up. He was in a coma for 40 days and underwent six brain operations.

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The Death of Ayrton Senna

The Death of Ayrton Senna

On May 1, 1994, Ayrton Senna, three-time Formula One World Champion, got killed after his car crashed into a concrete barrier during the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix in Italy. He was actually in the lead when he crashed and he is still considered one of the best drivers in the sport.

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The Death of Hansie Cronje

The Death of Hansie Cronje

On June 1, 2001, Hansie Cronje, a famous South African cricketer, was flying home but as the aircraft approached the airport, the pilots lost visibility and the plane crashed into the mountains. There are theories that Cronje was murdered upon the orders of a cricket betting syndicate because of his involvement in match fixing.

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Cameroon Disaster

Cameroon Disaster

On October 31, 1976, two bystanders got killed as a fight broke out between the teams of Cameroon and Congo in a World Cup qualifying match. After Cameroon was awarded with a penalty kick, the Congolese goalie attacked the referee, spurring a riot on the field.

21

Hendrick Motorsports Tragedy

Hendrick Motorsports Tragedy

Around ten athletes associated with Hendrick Motorsports were killed in a plane crash that took place on October 24, 2004 after it was caught in a heavy fog and crashed into Bull Mountain in Stuart, Virginia. Six of those who died were Hendrick family members and employees, while the rest were pilots and directors of the DuPont Motorsports Program.



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