Monday, June 30, 2014

Muslim Footballers Fasting in Ramadhan During World Cup

As the World Cup reached the quarter finals this past Saturday (June 28), a number of Muslim players whose teams have made it through the tough group matches were facing a bigger challenge off the field than on it.

The holy month of Ramadhan coincides for the first time since 1986 [My Birth Year] with the soccer tournament. The 30-day period of fasting and prayer, which requires dawn to dusk abstinence from food, drink and sex, begins Saturday and is expected to end July 29.

It will be a critical testing time for practicing Muslim players who need to be in peak condition to meet the demands of the game during the knockout matches. Add to this Brazil’s heat and humidity, which has prompted required breaks every 30 minutes to rehydrate athletes with water.

Those likely to be affected include France’s Karim Benzema, Bacary Sagna, Mamadou Sakho and Moussa Sissoko; German midfielder Mesut Ozil and teammate Sami Khedira; Swiss midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri; and Belgium’s key players Mousa Dembele, Marouane Fellaini, and Adnan Januzaj. 

via - Huffington Post


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