Egypt mufti says players at World Cup not required to fast in Ramadan

Egypt’s Grand Mufti said players in the country’s national football team will not be required to fast in Ramadan during their participation in the FIFA World Cup in Russia. (Reuters)
Updated 16 April 2018
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Egypt mufti says players at World Cup not required to fast in Ramadan

Cairo: Egypt’s Grand Mufti said players in the country’s national football team will not be required to fast in Ramadan during their participation in the this summer’s World Cup in Russia.
The fatwa by Mufti Shawki Allam states that Muslims who are traveling are permitted by Islamic law ‘to postpone their fasting’ until they return home.
In statements to Al-Masry El-Youm newspaper, Allam said although it is permitted for the national team players to postpone fasting, he stressed that it would be best if they were able to fast.
Russia is set to host the World Cup between June 14 and July 15.
Egypt’s first match will be against Uruguay on June 15. They then come up against the hosts on June 19, before facing Saudi Arabia on June 25.
The beginning of the tournament will coincide with the last days of Ramadan, the annual holy muslim fasting month, set to start May 16.


Rory McIlroy ready to roll back the years in search of more Major glory at the Open

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Rory McIlroy ready to roll back the years in search of more Major glory at the Open

  • Former world No.1 without a Major victory in four years.
  • McIlroy looking to play carefree as he goes in search of second Claret Jug.

Rory McIlroy knows what he needs to do to win the Open this weekend: Play as if it does not matter and go for broke.
The world No. 8 has won four 
Majors but, by his high standards, is in a bit of a slump, having not got his hands on one of the four big titles since 2014. That win came at the US PGA Championship at Valhalla, which came barely a month after his only Open victory at Royal Liverpool.
He tees it up at Carnoustie today with five top-fives this season, but only one win. However, with ever 
expectant fans and a game that when on song is better than anyone else’s there is expectation he can claim 
Major No.5 this weekend.
The Northern Irishman’s first Open came at Carnoustie 11 years ago and he is aiming to play the famous links in the same carefree attitude he did as a teenager, and hopes that lands him 
another Claret Jug.
“I do need to get back to that attitude where I play carefree and I’m just happy to be here,” the 29-year-old said.
“(2007) was my first Open — I was just trying to soak everything in and I was just so grateful to be here. I think that’s a big part of it — if you’re happy in what you’re doing, you’ll be successful.
“As you get a little older, you get a little more cautious in life — it’s only natural. For me, it’s more about 
playing with the freedom and I don’t want to say being naive but there is something nice about being young and being oblivious to some stuff.
“When we last played The Open here, I was bouncing down the fairways and didn’t care if I shot 82 or 62 because I was just happy to be here. The more I can get into that mindset, the better I’ll play.”
For McIlroy that may well involve using the driver more than some of his rivals. The heatwave the UK has been experiencing has seen the fairways run firm and fast with many of his rivals such as Tiger Woods saying they will mostly hit irons off the tee. But for McIlroy the game plan will change from day to day.
“There’s not going to be one player in this field with a game plan on Wednesday night who will to stick to that the whole way around for 72 holes,’’ McIlroy said. “It’s just not going to happen with wind conditions, with pins. You start to feel a little bit more comfortable with a few shots, and you might start to take some on.
“It’s going to be really interesting, I think, because the golf course is playing so firm and fast, there’s some guys that will see it completely different to the way I see it and vice versa. It’s 
going to be really interesting to see how it all plays out.’’