Olympic Athletes Take Their Faith to the Games
Then, there are exceptions ...
At the 2012 London Olympics, Sikh athletes will be allowed to carry daggers, the ceremonial kirpan or three-inch, sheathed scimitar attached to a cloth belt worn under a Sikh’s clothing. Soccer officials are allowing the Sikh kirpans since they are concealed under the uniform and pose no safety issues – the same allowance already made for religious necklaces and rosaries if they are concealed. London police will allow the Sikh daggers through security as long as they are less than three inches long and carried by observant Sikhs who also meet the traditional five-point requirement of unshorn hair and beard, a ritual comb, a steel bracelet, special garments and the kirpan.