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

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.


Saudi desert gears up for Dakar Rally in January

Updated 13 December 2019

Saudi desert gears up for Dakar Rally in January

  • Taking place from January 5 to 17, the 7500-kilometer adventure will be hosted in Asia for the first time
  • The race will start in Jeddah and will end in Qiddiya, Riyadh

DUBAI: The countdown begins for the Dakar Rally Saudi Arabia in Jeddah, where hundreds of drivers from different countries are set to brave Saudi desert over 13 days.

Taking place from January 5 to 17, the 7500-kilometer adventure will be hosted in Asia for the first time. The race will start in Jeddah and will end in Qiddiya, Riyadh.

“We were really excited by the extremely beautiful landscape and the deserts were exactly what we expected with the dunes, the nice mountains and small canyons. We have some stages along the sea also, so it will be a mixed landscape, which is very interesting,” 13-time Dakar Rally winner Stéphane Peterhansel said.

The drivers will undergo 12 stages throughout the race, where they will experience different terrains and explore the Kingdom’s landscape.

It will start in Jeddah for 752 kilometer, then continues up north along the coast for nearly 900 kilometer through the Red Sea Project until it reaches the megacity Neom, where the journey reaches its highest point at an altitude of 1,400 meters amid a series of canyons and mountains.

From Neom, the racers will cruise 676 kilometers Al Ula in Dakar’s fourth stage before the sandy hills of Ha’il put the navigation skills of competitors to the test while descending south onto Riyadh.

A rest day in the capital will be followed by Dakar Saudi Arabia’s longest stage – a 741-kilometer route to the west in the center of the kingdom’s enormous desert before looping back towards Haradh in the eastern governorate of Al Ahsa.

The racers will then enter the Empty Quarter for the grand finals, where the winner will be crowned on the final podium.