On August 12th, Archpriest Nikolai Sokolov and Archpriest Dionisy Pozdnyaev for the first time celebrated an Orthodox Liturgy at the Religious Center of the Olympic Village. These are the clerics who are responsible for the spiritual wellbeing of the sportsmen belonging to the Russian selection at the Olympic Games in Beijing.
The Divine Service was attended by the leading members of the Russian team.
D. I. Petrovsky, a staff member of the Department of Foreign Church Communication of the Moscow Patriarchate, who was also present in Beijing, gave a statement to ITAR-TASS Agency saying that special prayers were said for the Russian athletes and the other members of the Russian selection.
Aug 10, 2008
He also added that Orthodox prayer services were held on daily basis at Olympic Village.