The future of the World Spy Games is in doubt this week as it has been revealed that following the collapse of the News Of The World, both the number of competitors applications and the sponsorship for the championships has fallen dramatically.
Usually the pinnicle of the Secret Service world and number 1 scouting event for both MI5 and the CIA, the Spy Games invites the worlds best hackers, crackers and eavesdroppers to pit their witts against a number of mind numbing events.
Coveted Gold, Silver and Bronze Bugging Devices are on offer to the best candidates in trials such as the Infrared Gymnastics - where competitors have to prove their skills in a laser beam filled room; Mixed Volleybomb and Pinning The Bug On The Diplomat.
There was controversy last year when two female American entrants broke into the rooms of a number of Yakuza entrants and tried to charm them into handing over their bosses whereabouts. It was hoped that something similar would happen this year as the KGB indicated that it would be attending to take revenge on "bad things"; however it appears that the loss of 100 journalists who apply annually and the scaling down of sponsorship from mysterious and untraceable company Not International News is having an affect on profitability.
One potential entrant, who wished to remain an oversized Guardian advert said "Its a damn shame that we might not compete this year. I have been practising extra hard on criminals and celebrities and Chris Evans."
Alleged owner of Not International News, Muddy Dock, said "No Comment - and I have checked my hotel brothel for bugs, so don't even think about it."