The major role faith and religion will play at the 2016 Olympic Games


It’s no secret that the Olympic Games bring together a diverse pool of people from different ethnicities and cultures β€” 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.

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Multifaith Olympics: Leaders of five religions meet at Rio 2016

faith-leadersRepresentatives of five religions met on Wednesday (22 June) at the headquarters of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee to work on details about the inter-religious centre that will be opened at the Olympic Village. β€œIt’s really good to see Rio de Janeiro as a welcoming place where religions understand each other,” said Cardinal Dom Orani Tempesta, archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, who was alongside Rio 2016 president Carlos Nuzman.

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Multifaith Olympics – The Medals

goldsiverbronzeIn preparation for the Games, the Rio 2016 Olympic committee on June 15 released a video of the Rio medals being produced and provided a peek into what the medals will look like. Like the laurels of Olympic games past, gold medals will be 525 grams of silver plated with six grams of pure gold; silver medals will be 525 grams of silver; and bronze medals will be a similarly weighted mixture of copper, zinc, and tin.

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