- FunDay╱FunDay 2012-06-04 14:34
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(Sport) Holy Month Puts Muslim Athletes in Dilemma
With the London Olympics just two months away, athletes from around the world are training hard to contend for gold medals. However, many Muslim athletes are faced with a dilemma as this years Ramadan fast clashes with the London Olympics. Since athletes need all of their energy and strength to bring out their best performance, abstaining from food and drink between sunrise and sunset every day for a month will likely put the Muslims at a competitive disadvantage. Consequently, many have chosen to seek help from Islamic preachers and scholars for legitimate ways to make up for breaking the fast or fasting later.
(The Olympics) Jane and Dylan are friends. They are discussing the upcoming London Olympics. Lets listen to their conversation.
Dylan: The Olympics is in two months! I cant wait.
Jane: Me neither! I bet the athletes are pushing themselves to the limit to prepare for the games.
Dylan: Yes, it sure takes a lot of patience, hard work and determination.
Jane: Especially for those with religious faith, theyll have to find a way to balance faith and sports.
Dylan: You mean the Muslims? I heard that the Olympics this year coincides with their Ramadan fast.
Jane: Yeah, the reduction of food intake during the holy month will definitely affect their performance. They really need to be in the right psychological state to perform at the highest level.
Dylan: But some individual Muslim athletes actually say they perform better during Ramadan because their faith gives them strength and they become more intensely focused.
Jane: I have to say I really admire their mental and spiritual discipline. I mean I can barely go without food for one hour!