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Is World Cup Hazardous to Kids' Health?

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In the past two weeks, we've heard several stories of kids dying or being critically injured during the World Cup:

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  • Two Ugandan children, aged 8 and 10, died in a fire while their parents watched the World Cup away from home. "The mother and father of the children left a candle burning and went to watch the match on television in a nearby trading center," Kayunga police official Henry Kolyanga said. Police say the candle was likely hit by a rat and it lit the tablecloth, "which subsequently lit other household property." Source
  • Two days after her 13th birthday, Nelson Mandela's great-granddaughter died in a car crash on her way home from a World Cup kick-off concert. Source
  • A 2-year-old boy was in a critical condition after being found unconscious at the bottom of a swimming pool during England's opening World Cup match. The toddler was found at the bottom of the pool at the Abshot Country Club near Fareham, Hampshire, where his parents were watching the game. Source
  • A 2-year-old girl was beaten to death by her stepfather, 27-year-old Hector Castro, when she wouldn't stop crying as he watched the U.S. vs. Ghana World Cup game. The child was severely beaten and suffered several broken ribs. Police said a screw or bolt was forced down her throat in an apparent attempt to make it look like she choked to death. Source

Children certainly aren't the only ones who've perished during this year's World Cup:

  • Thirty-one-year-old Sarah Royle, of England, died after falling from a balcony in Singapore following England's World Cup win over Slovenia. She was celebrating the victory when the accident happened. Source

It was reported that 79 people died during the 2006 World Cup games.

Do you think the World Cup is more hazardous than other major sporting events?

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6 comments so far | Post a comment now
Matt June 30, 2010, 6:17 AM

Honestly this is the most stupid article I’ve ever read on here. First of all those children didn’t die under circumstances directly related to the games, such as getting pelted with the ball, or standing listening to the Vuvuzelaz for to long(that was a joke btw). They all died from bad parenting. While I think the World Cup as well as other major sporting events are stupid, they don’t cause children to die.

anonymous June 30, 2010, 4:15 PM

This is the worst article I have ever read. Deaths that are loosely related to the world cup ARE NOT CAUSED BY THE WORLD CUP. Don’t be so stupid.

Rob June 30, 2010, 10:06 PM

I keep stumbling upon articles on this site, and they’re nearly all mindless drivel.
How can you single out the World Cup as a reason for parents to neglect/ignore their children or beat their children? Or for young adults to kill themselves by celebrating to excess?
In reply to the question posed at the end of the article, no, I don’t. Have you even bothered to look into hazards at any other ‘major sporting events’ before asking? I wonder how many people die during NASCAR accidents, riots at Premier League games, from child abuse/stupid celebrations/heart attacks at football games, or after the Stanley Cup finals. This is the kind of question you could answer more accurately with a little bit of research, rather than asking a random (and hopefully small) segment of internet users.

Please stop posting. You’re wasting our time.

Amber July 1, 2010, 1:45 PM

The 79 death count source was dated 2006. I’ve been trying to find a count from this year, but haven’t been able to find one so far…

Melanie July 22, 2010, 12:30 PM

While these were all tragic events related to the World Cup, careless parenting can happen during any event, even something as simple as a family get together where there are too many distractions.

Parenting is the toughest job out there. And considering how many families there are in the world, parents, in general, are doing a pretty good job of keeping their kids safe.

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