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Many Muslim athletes to fast after London Olympics

FILE - The Sept. 1, 2011 file photo shows Iran's Maryam Toosi  as she looks up at the timing board after competing in a Women's 200m qualification heat at the World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea, With the London Games fast approaching and the Islamic holy month of Ramadan already here, Muslim athletes are now faced with a dilemma of  Olympian proportions. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, file)

FILE - The Sept. 1, 2011 file photo shows Iran's Maryam Toosi as she looks up at the timing board after competing in a Women's 200m qualification heat at the World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea, With the London Games fast approaching and the Islamic holy month of Ramadan already here, Muslim athletes are now faced with a dilemma of Olympian proportions. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, file)

With the London Games fast approaching and the Islamic holy month of Ramadan already here, Muslim athletes are faced with a dilemma of Olympian proportions.

Muslims are required to abstain from food and drink from dawn to dusk during the 30-day month of Ramadan, which began Friday in most countries.

During long summer days in London, that translates into 18 hours of fasting -- something that many Muslim athletes consider impossible to do without losing their competitive edge.

Many of the 3,500 or so Muslim athletes expected to compete at the London Olympics will keep eating as usual.