October 15, 2006

Muslims Outraged--2012 London Olympics During Ramadan

Because angry Muslims and the Olympics could not possibly turn out badly (see Munich, 1972):
The 2012 London Olympics have been plunged into controversy by the discovery that the Games will clash with Ramadan, the most holy month in the Islamic calendar.

The clash will put Muslim athletes at a disadvantage as they will be expected to fast from sunrise to sunset for the entire duration of the Games.

In 2012, Ramadan will take place from July 21 to August 20, while the Olympics run from July 27 to August 12.

An anticipated 3,000 Muslim competitors are expected to be affected.
Muslim commentators are preemptively outraged:
Massoud Shadjareh, chairman of the London-based Islamic Human Rights Commission, said: "They would not have organised this at Christmas. It is equally stupid to organise it at Ramadan.

"It shows a complete lack of awareness and sensitivity.

"This is going to disadvantage the athletes and alienate the Asian communities by saying they don't matter.

"It's not only going to affect the participants it's going to affect all the people who want to watch the Games.

"They won't want to travel during Ramadan and they won't want to watch sport. It's a spiritual time."
Since the Summer Olympics and Christmas could not possibly be scheduled at the same time, the analogy is lost, but give them credit for actually mentioning Christmas, instead of Holiday Season or Winterval.

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