It’s no secret that the Olympic Games bring together a diverse pool of people from different ethnicities and cultures — individuals who have divergent beliefs and lifestyles, particularly when it comes to the practice of faith and religion. So, with the world’s most famous sports competition just days away, some might be wondering how Olympic organizers in Rio will help meet these diverse spiritual needs.
Whichever faith they follow, competitors coming to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic and Paralympic Games will find a place to worship in the athletes’ village. The Inter-religious centre at the Olympic and Paralympic Village will serve athletes of every faith, says coordinator, Father Leandros.
There will be dedicated rooms for five religions during the Olympic Games, in the Olympic Village. Faith coordinators will be on hand to provide spiritual care for athletes and competitors. The President of the Universal Society of Hinduism urges the Olympic Village officials to equip the room set aside for Hindu worship with statues and idols of the important gods and goddesses of Hinduism, such as the Generator-Organiser-Destructor trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.