Hundreds of Muslim athletes are participating in the London Olympics, which officially begin Friday. But along with travel and other logistics, they're also adjusting to Ramadan, the holy month that requires them to fast.
Originally published on Tue July 24, 2012 10:35 am
The 2012 Summer Olympics in London starts in four days with the carefully choreographed opening ceremony. But a related spectator sport is already well underway: Dissecting the economic impact of the games.
A show we did in February looked at how big an economic boost cities really get from hosting the Superbowl, and much of the same analysis is being applied to this year's games.
Tug of war, bicycle polo and pigeon shooting share the common trait of being one-time, but now discontinued Olympic events. Robert Siegel talks with David Goldblatt, co-author of How to Watch the Olympics, about the sports you will not see if you tune in to this summer's Olympic games.
World Have Your Say with Ros Atkins, will feature Olympic coverage each afternoon from 4-5 pm on World Radio 89.5-3, beginning July 28.
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Mazen Aziz, representing Egypt in the 2012 Summer Olympics, has trained for the 10,000-meter, open-water swim for years. It's a grueling race that can take upwards of 1 hour and 45 minutes, depending on the waves, current or water temperature.
But Aziz is Muslim, and with the Olympics falling during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the 22-year-old athlete had to make a choice: be in top physical condition or maintain a primary tenet of his faith.