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Moslems bidden tijdens Comrades

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Muslim athletes pray on the run

De comrades marathon tussen het Zuid Afrikaanse Durban en Pietermaritzburg is de oudste en meest bekende ultraloop ter wereld. Elk jaar doen vele duizenden aan deze wedstrijd mee en daarmee is het ook de populairste ultraloop ter wereld.
Het parcours van negentig kilometer is met vele heuvels gelardeerd.Het ene jaar wordt in Durban gestart, men loopt dan heuvelop en het andere jaar in Pietermaritzburg ergo heuvelaf

Durban – This years Comrades Marathon will be run on a Friday and in the field of approximately 12 000 athletes will be hundreds of Muslim ultra-marathon athletes who will take a break from the race for their important mid-day prayers on that day.

Moskee
Whether they finish in the silver medal category or the bronze on the day will not matter to them – the important aspect for them is to finish the race but in doing so they also want to fulfil an essential part of their religious belief. Most of the Muslim ultra-marathon athletes have been on this route before and have run the Comrades Marathon on a Friday.
The last Friday running was in 2000 – the millennium race which attracted 24 552 entrants – and during that race the Muslim athletes were able to conduct their Friday mid-day prayers at Camperdown. It will be the same this time around,” Mohammed Mayet of Oasis Crescent Running Club said, “We were given permission during the 2000 race and this time around we will have the same dispensation. We have made arrangements with the Camperdown Mosque to delay the Friday prayers to a short while to accommodate the athletes. “There will be shower facilities outside the area of the Mosque and there will also be a refreshment table plus officials around to see that everyone rejoins the race according to the rules governing the race.” Mayet said there are other Mosques and prayers places for the athletes along the route, but these are in Westville and Inchanga. Most of the athletes would have passed these areas much earlier in the day.

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“The Camperdown Mosque is the ideal place, hence weve informed all the Muslim athletes, who wish to join the Friday prayer congregation, to get there by a certain time,” said Mayet. Meanwhile Renee Smith, the Comrades Race Manager, said that she is happy with the arrangements as long as there are no infringements on the rules of the race.
“We respect the beliefs of those Muslims running our race and as such we need to accommodate them. We will see to it that they have all the necessary assistance on the day, bearing in mind that the clock will continue to run and no extra time will grant to these athletes,” Smith said

© South African News/hardloopnieuws.nl

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Moslems bidden tijdens Comrades

29 mei 2006 (0 reacties)

Muslim athletes pray on the run

De comrades marathon tussen het Zuid Afrikaanse Durban en Pietermaritzburg is de oudste en meest bekende ultraloop ter wereld. Elk jaar doen vele duizenden aan deze wedstrijd mee en daarmee is het ook de populairste ultraloop ter wereld.
Het parcours van negentig kilometer is met vele heuvels gelardeerd.Het ene jaar wordt in Durban gestart, men loopt dan heuvelop en het andere jaar in Pietermaritzburg ergo heuvelaf

Durban – This years Comrades Marathon will be run on a Friday and in the field of approximately 12 000 athletes will be hundreds of Muslim ultra-marathon athletes who will take a break from the race for their important mid-day prayers on that day.

Moskee
Whether they finish in the silver medal category or the bronze on the day will not matter to them – the important aspect for them is to finish the race but in doing so they also want to fulfil an essential part of their religious belief. Most of the Muslim ultra-marathon athletes have been on this route before and have run the Comrades Marathon on a Friday.
The last Friday running was in 2000 – the millennium race which attracted 24 552 entrants – and during that race the Muslim athletes were able to conduct their Friday mid-day prayers at Camperdown. It will be the same this time around,” Mohammed Mayet of Oasis Crescent Running Club said, “We were given permission during the 2000 race and this time around we will have the same dispensation. We have made arrangements with the Camperdown Mosque to delay the Friday prayers to a short while to accommodate the athletes. “There will be shower facilities outside the area of the Mosque and there will also be a refreshment table plus officials around to see that everyone rejoins the race according to the rules governing the race.” Mayet said there are other Mosques and prayers places for the athletes along the route, but these are in Westville and Inchanga. Most of the athletes would have passed these areas much earlier in the day.

Geen extra tijd
“The Camperdown Mosque is the ideal place, hence weve informed all the Muslim athletes, who wish to join the Friday prayer congregation, to get there by a certain time,” said Mayet. Meanwhile Renee Smith, the Comrades Race Manager, said that she is happy with the arrangements as long as there are no infringements on the rules of the race.
“We respect the beliefs of those Muslims running our race and as such we need to accommodate them. We will see to it that they have all the necessary assistance on the day, bearing in mind that the clock will continue to run and no extra time will grant to these athletes,” Smith said

© South African News/hardloopnieuws.nl

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