Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Explosions rock track and field competition






The camaraderie of the Outgames was temporarily broken this afternoon when unknown assailants tossed two explosive devices onto the track during the start of a relay. One runner who was in a starting position near the explosions sustained a minor injury to his hand and was treated at the scene by paramedics. The large crowd of athletes and spectators was stunned by what can only be described as a hate crime attack. Competition resumed after consulting with the athletes who were determined not to let this incident succeed in stopping the Outgames. Police were called to the scene and were searching the premises when two more devices exploded on the track. Shortly thereafter the police arrested a suspect who was seen fleeing from a nearby church tower where it is believed the attack was launched. Police are still searching for a second suspect.

We are all stunned by this turn of events. Locals tell us that Denmark, which is known world wide for its openness and diversity, has been plagued recently by increased hate crimes and violence aimed at gays and lesbians. Of course, we are also determined that this will not stop or spoil the Outgames.

3 comments:

  1. I'm sorry to hear that guys; I hope you're still having a great time regardless. Have a safe trip back home!

    -Jeff Smith

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  2. How scary! Please be safe! Don't like hearing that, but we know that you won't let it damper your enthusiasm for the games. And even if it did, Keith's competative nature would carry both of you through!! :) For that, we're proud. Love and miss you. Liz and Hall

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