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London Games: Ramadan sets Muslim athletes extra test


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London Games: Ramadan sets Muslim athletes extra test

The coinciding of Ramadan this year with the London Olympics, has created a dilemma for the estimated 3,000 Muslim athletes expected to compete.

While many of them may well honour the holy month, others have decided to defer their fasts until a later date.

The Ramadan fast is a time when Muslims are required to abstain from food and drink during daylight hours. Some medical experts claim that such a reduction of food intake could deplete an athlete’s liver, which is likely to lead to a drop in performance.

The London Games get underway on July 27.

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