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Passion Islam I October 2008 LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS I 7
London’s Olympic Park toilets
to turn away from Makkah
Toilet facilities are being built at London’s
Olympic Park so Muslims will not have to
face Makkah while sitting on the loo.
The Olympic Delivery Authority has
said it wants to produce an ideal venue
for people of all cultures, faiths, ages and
abilities for the 2012 Games and beyond.
The Islamic religion prohibits Muslims
from facing the Qiblah - the direction of
prayer - when they visit the lavatory.
An ODA spokeswoman confirmed that
a ‘percentage of general toilets would not
face Mecca’ out of sensitivity.
She could not say how many toilets
would turn away from the East.
Also as part of the design, special
washing facilities will be linked to Islamic
prayer rooms.
ODA chairman John Armitt said it was
stores at toilet facilities. Paralympic athletes.’
about making the London Olympic venue
Vice chairman of London Olympic London Mayor Boris Johnson
the ‘most accessible and inclusive public
Organising Committee’s Sports Advisory welcomed the commitment to inclusive
park’ for future generations.
Group and Paralympic champion Dame design saying ‘it is clear that accessibility
Other design measures earmarked for
Tanni Grey-Thomson said: ‘London 2012 must continue to be at the core of our
the park include: Gentle slopes into the
is aiming to go further than any previous work’ in developing facilities in the Park.
venue with wider pathways with smooth
host city to ensure that both the Olympic ‘I welcome the ODA’s commitment to
surfaces and seating and resting places
and Paralympic Games are accessible for inclusive design and while I’m determined
at regular intervals for wheelchair users;
everyone. to provide taxpayer value from the 2012
Accessible toilet facilities including ‘After the Games, world-class budget, that commitment will not be
special areas where older disabled people sporting venues and the largest and most compromised and remains a top priority
can be helped to change by their carers; inclusive park in London will be left to help for me as we prepare London to host the
and Baby changing areas and buggy inspire a new generation of Olympic and 2012 Games.’
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