It’s no secret that the Olympic Games bring together a diverse pool of people from different ethnicities and cultures — individuals who have divergent beliefs and lifestyles, particularly when it comes to the practice of faith and religion.
So, with the world’s most famous sports competition just days away, some might be wondering how Olympic organizers in Rio will help meet these diverse spiritual needs.
The answer? There will be an “interreligious center” in full operation at the Olympic and Paralympic Village that will offer up spiritual and religious support for athletes of every faith and religion, according to the Rio 2016 website.
The center, which will run from July 24-Sept. 21, will have representatives from a variety of faiths, including Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism.
These religions were chosen based on the faith composition of the athletes slated to compete in the Olympic Games.
Each of the five religious traditions will have a permanent worship space that can accommodate up to 50 people
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