The summer Olympic Games in London will take place during the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan this year. The schedule affects not only the estimated 3,000 Muslim athletes, but also the vendors, spectators, and officials. During Ramadan, Muslims do not take any food or water during the daylight hours, but may eat and drink throughout the evening. Experts in sports medicine predict that any effect on performance will depend on the type of sport, the duration and time of day of the event, and sleeping/training schedules. Some Muslims may choose not to fast in order to be at their peak performance, and then make up the days of Ramadan with fasting days at a later time.
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