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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Soccer Football – Men – Group D – Ivory Coast v Saudi Arabia – International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama, Japan – July 22, 2021. Saudi Arabia players line up for the national anthems before the match
TOKYO, July 23 (Reuters) – Muslim athletes in Tokyo for the Olympics marked a pared-down Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice, thousands of miles from their loved ones with shared prayers and cheery online messages.
One of the most important holidays on the Islamic calendar, Eid al-Adha is typically celebrated with families coming together in fine clothes to partake of large feasts, slaughtering livestock for the occasion and giving presents to children.
The Tokyo Olympics are being held under tight coronavirus restrictions with athletes, officials and journalists from around the globe all but cut off from the rest of the city and subject to mask-wearing and social distancing.
After years of training to make it this far, some Muslim athletes and officials from Muslim countries, gathered together for a shared prayer in masks.