July 16, 2012 / 6:33 AM / 7 years ago

CORRECTED-Pulling Olympics would cost over $4.9 bln-Munich Re

(Corrects billions to millions in last paragraph)

FRANKFURT, July 16 (Reuters) - Cancelling the London Olympics due, for example, to a security threat would result in damages of more than 4 billion euros ($4.9 billion), Andrew Duxbury, underwriting manager at Munich Re, told a German newspaper.

“This was the sum of the insurable risks of loss at the 2010 World Cup and the Olympic Games should be in the same category,” he was quoted as saying on Monday by Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

He added that in the case of a cancellation, the loss for Munich Re could be around 350 million euros.

London’s Olympic Games is not threatened by a major security contractor’s failure to find enough staff, ministers and the head of the city’s organising committee said on Sunday, seeking to quell a political storm ahead of athletes’ arrival.

Last week, the British government announced it would draft in 3,500 extra troops as cover after contractor G4S admitted it was unlikely to train the guards it had promised under its 284 million pound ($441.5 million) contract in time.

($1 = 0.8167 euros)

$1 = 0.6432 British pounds Reporting by Christoph Steitz; Editing by MarkPotter

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