Sochi to open multi-faith centres for 2014 Games

Moscow, March 21 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Three multi-faith prayer centres will open in Sochi for athletes at next year’s Winter Olympics, organisers said Thursday.

The centres will cater for five major world religions offering services in different languages, including English and French, organisers said.
“A multi-faith centre will represent five religions: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism,” organising committee official Vitaly Savilov said.
“We will provide five prayer rooms for each religion in one place and two zones with corresponding infrastructure for visitors,” he added.
A centre will be built at each of the three Olympic villages: at the coastal cluster of skating facilities; at the mountain cluster of ski and snowboard venues; and at the so-called Endurance Olympic Village for biathlon and Nordic Combined competitors.
Savilov spoke at a presentation of a program on how the needs of believers will be met during the Games time in the presence of the Russian Interfaith Council that unites the country’s followers.
Organisers also announced that followers of other religions would be offered contacts for their faith’s representatives in the region.
The first Russian Winter Olympics will be held from Feb 7 through 23 next year. The Paralympics run March 7-16.
–IANS/RIA Novosti