I recall articles about “The Hunger Game” for elite Olympic athletes last summer – like the British Muslim engine room rower (see below).
With today’s start of this season for a large percentage of our world population, I re-looked at top athletic performance during Ramadan intermittent fasting (RIF) periods: “Further research is required to determine the effect of RIF on the most challenging events or exercise protocols and on elite athletes competing in extreme environments” – like my favorite sport of rowing [ref: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02640414.2012.698297#.UdxZujusiSo]. Hakeem Olajuwon reportedly was able to sustain his performance as a NBA player, yet that night-time sport is a different context than Britain’s first Muslim elite rower,Moe Sbihi, faced for his London 2012 Olympic rows – see http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2160307/Britains-Muslim-Olympic-rower-solves-Ramadan-fasting-dilemma-Games-paying-meals-1-800-people-instead.html.
Here’s to all our global athletes that face this annual challenge. May they find a way, or make one.