sport on religious holidays

Chariots of Fire is a 1981 British film. It tells the fact-based story of two athletes in the 1924 Olympics: Eric Liddell, a devout Scottish Christian who runs for the glory of God, and Harold Abrahams, an English Jew who runs to overcome prejudice. …

… after years of training and racing, … accepted to represent Great Britain in the 1924 Olympics in Paris. …

Liddell learns the news that the heat for his 100 metre race will be on a Sunday. He refuses to run the race — despite strong pressure from the Prince of Wales and the British Olympic committee — because his Christian convictions prevent him from running on the Sabbath. …

It’s still an issue in 2011, more so in some nations than others.

Each athlete, each family, must make decisions when there’s a conflict.

Because of the Jewish sabbath, 7-year-old gymnast Amalya Knapp of Teaneck missed Saturday’s New Jersey state competition.

Sabbath Holds Back Jewish Athlete In New Jersey

One of the many life lessons of sport for Amalya.

One comment on that post:

USAG parent:

When should the meets be held? During the week? For one religion Friday nights are not good, for another Saturday is no good, for another Sunday is not good. How about Tuesday would that work for everyone? …

(via Unorthodox Gymnastics)

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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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