July 29, 2011

Sikh daggers allowed at Olympics


by Jan Harris

The organisers of the London 2012 Olympics have decided to allow Sikhs to bring ceremonial daggers into the games.

A statement by the organisers of the 2012 games said: “At Games-time, small symbolic ceremonial daggers, with a maximum blade length of three inches, carried for religious reasons will be allowed”.

The Kirpan is usually attached to a cloth belt and is hidden by clothing.

Earlier this week Gurdev Singh was prevented from entering Lord’s cricket ground because he was carrying a ‘Kirpan’, the ceremonial dagger which is one of the five articles of faith which Sikhs are required to carry at all times.

Mr Singh later received an apology from officials at the cricket club.

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