Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Upon the conclusion of the 2016 Rio Olympics, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has decided to prohibit prayers in the upcoming 2020 Japan Olympics. Citing the trend of religious people who win in different events, the IOC has resolved to prohibit prayers to provide a fair platform for participants to compete in.
“While we respect people’s religious views, we would like to make the competition fair for those who don’t pray or have no one praying for them,” said IOC spokesperson Mario Andrada. “Banning prayers ensures that no competitor has any spiritual advantage over the rest.”
It can be noted that many Olympians have publicly prayed before and after their respective events, prompting secular and non-religious players and fans to question the act saying that it gives them an unfair edge over the rest of the players.