Tokyo 2020 readies mobile mosque for Muslim athletes

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The Muslim-minority Japan, with a little over 105 mosques in the country, has found a noble solution for the followers of Islam to offer payers during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Besides providing a prayer room to offer the namaz at the Games village, a ‘mosque on wheels’ has been created to facilitate the participants and officials who will be at the venues away from the central arena.

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The mobile mosque is created by modifying a truck that expands into a 48-square-metre covered area to offer the namaz. The truck is equipped with each facilities, like water taps, needed to offer the namaz.

The mobile mosque has been created the Yasuharu Inoue company.

The company had unveiled the first mobile mosque almost two years ahead of the Games, slated from July 24 to August 9 this year. The back of the modified 25-ton truck flips up to reveal an entrance. The truck also doubles up in the width to provide larger prayer area, sufficient to accommodate technology able to double the width of the truck. The 48-square-metre (515-square-foot) room can accommodate 50 people.

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