Olympic Athletes Take Their Faith to the Games
Never on a Sunday ...
One special religious accommodation that Olympic officials traditionally refuse to make is any rescheduling of events to meet religious needs. Indeed, in the classic movie Chariots of Fire, Scottish runner Eric Liddell had to skip a key race and an assured gold medal in the 1924 Olympics because as a devout Presbyterian, he refused to run on Sunday. Today Seventh-Day Adventist athletes often decline to compete on Saturdays. Observant Jewish contestants will not participate between sundown Friday and sundown on Saturday. Devout Muslim athletes pause five times a day for prayer.