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London 2012: How do the Olympics handle religion?
31st May 2012
The man responsible for delivering the Olympics is in a panic, drafting a press release heralding London's pride in its "mulitculturality", and hoping the Algerians will not follow through on their threat to boycott the Games due to a religious faux-pas.
Thankfully, the scene is taken from the new series of Twenty Twelve, which takes a satirical look at London's preparations for the Games, rather than the preparations themselves.
But the Olympics throw up a range of religious issues that need to be confronted, from the religious obligations of Sikhs wearing daggers despite security concerns, Christians refusing to run on a Sunday, or the requirement for Muslims to observe the Ramadan fast, which this year coincides with the Games.
How do you cater for athletes of nine different religions at the Olympic Games?
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Michael Hirst | BBC News
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