Sport events to continue after outrage

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Bill Beaumont, the Lions tour manager, put the case for continuing before this morning's rugby union international between New Zealand and the British and Irish Lions in Auckland: "We do not believe it would be the right response to cancel the Test," he said. "At times like this, the relative significance of sport is put into its proper perspective it is not a matter of life and death. But the third Test is an important event to many people."

There will be a minute's silence before the match in Auckland and other events including tomorrow's one-day cricket international between England and Australia at Lord's. This was at risk but, after discussions with the Metropolitan Police and Cricket Australia, the MCC and the England and Wales Cricket Board declared the second NatWest Challenge tie would proceed as scheduled, although last night the Australian governing body had yet to agree.

The MCC has asked spectators to arrive early tomorrow and to keep bags with them at all times. Tuesday's final NatWest Challenge match, at The Oval, will also go ahead.

The decision was made easier by the swift return to service of much of the transport network.

Silverstone confirmed the British Grand Prix would also go ahead with increased security. The event will be preceded by a minute's silence, a rare instance in Formula One .

Jackie Stewart, president of the British Racing Drivers' Club, said all proceeds raised from Sunday's post-race concert would be offered to any fund set up for the victims' families.

Golfers at the Scottish Open wore black ribbons yesterday. The Americans Phil Mickelson and Tom Lehmann both said they would play in the Open Championship at St Andrews next week.

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