“I hope that my wearing the hijood sports top will inspire other women to see that modesty or religious beliefs don’t have to be a barrier to participating in competitive sports.” Al Ghasara won her heat of the women’s 200m sprint at the Bird’s Nest stadium
IOC Charter: Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement.
“We are split between the desire to respect one of the five pillars of our religion & the need… in the best possible physical condition.”
“Some individual Muslim athletes say they perform better during Ramadan…because it’s a very spiritual time for them.” IOC nutrition group
Mohamed Sbihi will donate 60 meals to the poor in his father’s homeland of Morocco for every day of Ramadan he misses fasting.
“I will fast like I always have. It will not be a novelty for me,” Khaled Belabbas competing for Algeria in the steeplechase
“Once you decide to do something, Allah is behind you,” Suleiman Nyambui took silver in the 5000 meters 1980 Summer Olympics while fasting