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Bangalore Open called off in wake of recent bombings

NEW DELHI, India -- The Bangalore Open, scheduled
for late September, has been canceled after organizers raised
security concerns, the ATP said.

"The ATP board can confirm that it has regrettably accepted
a petition from the Bangalore Open to suspend the 2008 event due
to the local promoter's security concerns," the ruling body of
men's tennis said on its Web site.

"The total event prize money of $400,000 will now be paid
into the ATP player pension fund," the tour added.

The event was moved to the southern Indian IT hub in May
after Mumbai staged the first two editions.

A series of bombs rocked Bangalore on July 25, killing one
person. Similar blasts in the western city of Ahmedabad the
next day claimed around 50 lives.

Authorities have blamed the attacks on homegrown Islamist
militants.

The cancellation comes after the Champions Trophy in
neighboring Pakistan was postponed from next month to 2009 by
the International Cricket Council due to security concerns.