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Sporty Bibles to be made available to athletes in Olympic village

Athletes taking part in the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will have access to free copies of the Bible and Scripture portions, thanks to an initiative by Bible Society ...

Athletes visiting the Christian prayer room in the Olympic Athletes Village will have access to free copies of commemorative English language Bible and Scripture portions on request, thanks to an initiative by Bible Society.

Bibles and New Testaments in other languages will also be available through partnerships with national Bible Societies around the globe.

The Bibles provided in English will be The Sports Good News Bible and The Sports Good News Gospel of Luke. Both contain specially commissioned articles written to help sportspeople consider the relationships between sport and faith.
Says David Willson, CEO of More Than Gold, "At past Olympics and other major sports events I’ve seen athletes deeply grateful for the free gift of a Bible. Bible Society are to be highly commended for their support in making such gifts possible."
Matthew van Duyvenbode, Head of Advocacy at Bible Society says: "The Bible offers words of deep consolation, inspiration and challenge, themes which resonate with athletes from around the world. Having the opportunity to offer the scriptures in a format accessible for sports people is a strong statement that the Bible belongs at the heart of every aspect of life."
Bible Society Group Chief Executive, James Catford, says, "The achievements we gain on the outside are driven by the people we are on the inside – that’s what we discover in the story of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus written by Luke and found within the Christian Scriptures."

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