Faith leaders come together for tour of Olympic Park

Faith leaders, including Rowan Williams, The Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Indarjit Singh, Director of Network of Sikh Organisations and Dr Nathubhai Shah, President of the Jain Academy UK, were amongst religious representatives who toured the Olympic Park and visited the Velodrome.

Nine major faiths – Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Jewish, Bahia’s, Jain, Buddhist and Zoroastrian – will be represented in the Multi-Faith Centre in the Olympic Village during the Games.

There will also be a chaplaincy service assisting around 17,000 athletes and officials, up to 200,000 staff and volunteers and 20,000 members of the press. It will involve 193 chaplains recruited from the faith communities.

Established by LOCOG in 2007, a Multi-Faith Reference group has advised the Games organisers on many areas and policies including Volunteering, Food and Chaplaincy services.

During last week’s visit the group launched a Faith pin badge in the series showing diversity and engagement of all communities to support London 2012.