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04 May 2009
IOC News , Medical

Fasting and Sports

Fasting – the abstention from eating and drinking – is an integral part of all of the world’s major cultures and religions and may affect, either positively or negatively, the athlete’s health and performance.
To address these issues, the IOC Medical Commission hosted a Workshop to review the available evidence on fasting, athletic performance and health.
The statement below was drafted by the participants of the workshop:
Prof. Mehmet Binnet
Dr Richard Budgett
Prof. Louise Burke
Dr. Ed Coyle
Dr Rania Elwani
Prof. Charles-Yannick Guezennec
Dr Jasem Ramadan Al Kandari
Dr Wahid Al Kharusi
Mr John Limna
Prof. Ron Maughan
Dr Iñigo Mujika
Dr Patrick Schamasch
Dr Susan Shirreffs
Dr Pam Venning

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