OLYMPIC ATHLETES will receive free Bibles thanks to a new initiative by the Bible Society.
Free copies of commemorative English-language Bibles and scripture portions on request will be made available to any athletes who choose to visit the Christian prayer room in the Olympic Athletes Village.
â€œAt past Olympics and other major sports events Iâ€™ve seen athletes deeply grateful for the free gift of a Bible,â€ David Willson, CEO of More Than Gold, said. â€œBible Society are to be highly commended for their support in making such gifts possible.â€
Special Sporty Bibles
The Bibles, â€˜The Sports Good News Bibleâ€™ and â€˜The Sports Good News Gospel of Lukeâ€™, are unique in their style, offering specially commissioned articles written to aid athletes to consider the relationships between sport and faith.
Matthew van Duyvenbode, Head of Advocacy at Bible Society said: â€œThe Bible offers words of deep consolation, inspiration and challenge, themes which resonate with athletes from around the world.
â€œHaving 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.â€
Provisions have also been made to offer Bibles and New Testaments in other languages, through partnerships with national Bible Societies around the globe.