It is more than just a race. The Olympics are what people remember and gives you the power to believe in something better: it is hope. Sure, I enjoy the competition, the sweat, and the motivation to get up off the couch and go for a run — but the stories are what truly make the Olympics special for me.
Behind the great spectacle of the Olympic Games lie powerful human stories.The tales of personal sacrifice, of obstacles overcome, of dreams achieved through not just great genetics but through hours of hard work.
Olympic stories tell tales of athletes who overcame great obstacles, triumphed after heartbreaking losses and accomplished great things in the face of adversity. They didn't all go home with a gold medal but these brave, talented and relentless athletes defied the odds to provide inspiration to people around the glob
This year, since both London Olympics 2012 and Holy month of Muslim calendar, Ramadan have fallen together during the same days, Muslim athletes are facing challenges to fast or not.
Muslims throughout the world fasting during this Holy month and there are over 3,000 Muslim athletes from 200 countries of the Muslim world, who are competing in London Olympics this year.
Muslim are being torn between respecting the basic principles of Islam and their desire to achieve top-level performances during the Games.But there's a challenge to negotiate: it will be Ramadan, and I'll be fasting.
Much has been written about the challenge facing Muslim athletes. I sympathise deeply with their conundrum: how to balance a great moment in their sporting careers with the important duty to fast. After all, not only is fasting a deeply ingrained obligation that connects the believer to the Creator, it brings with it a sense of deep spirituality and community that Muslims are loath to sacrifice.
Observing Ramadan will be a unique challenge for athletes, Some individual Muslim athletes say they perform better during Ramadan even if they are fasting because they're more intensely focused and because it's a very spiritual time for them.Their faith gives them strength and Ramadan is an integral part of that faith.
The pious athletes are prepared to endure hunger and weakness until the end of the fasting month for the sake of faith and of sport.
The most important thing is to have faith in God and give it your best and thank God, whether you win or lose.
Note:- To Malaysian athletes I wish you "Good luck and Godspeed"