In the past two weeks, we've heard several stories of kids dying or being critically injured during the World Cup:
- 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:
- A 20-year-old college student drowned when he and three friends leaped into the Han River in Seoul to celebrate South Korea making it through to the second round, the national Yonhap News Agency reported. Source
- 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?