Anwar El Ghazi about Ramadan and the beauties of this month
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As a result of Ramadan, a large number of Muslim athletes fasted and played during the month of Ramadan. A footballer like Anwar El Ghazi did the same thing. As part of an interview with Eurosport, El Ghazi spoke about Ramadan and what it means to him personally.
“Ramadan is a month about getting closer to God. So that's why this month is really special for Muslims and Muslim athletes,” El Ghazi told Eurosport. The difficulty of fasting was emphasized by El Ghazi, due to the hard training he did and the high temperatures he faced.
In spite of these obstacles, he managed to accomplish what he set out to achieve. “Pre-dawn meal is called ‘suhoor’. It's important to get the right nutrition inside your body.
As a lot of people know, you cannot eat and drink from the moment the sun comes up.
And to the moment the sun is going down.
It is tough for an athlete, obviously. I can remember I have been fasting when I was with Ajax in pre-season in July.
We were in Austria and it was like 30 degrees, training twice a day, and I survived it.
So, the human body is capable of a lot”.
El Ghazi: We still have to do everything that we can
El Ghazi believes that fasting cannot be an excuse for bad performances. As he emphasized, the beginning is always the hardest, considering that he needs time to get used to it.
“It’s not that we come to work like, 'oh, we haven't eaten so we just do half the work' It's still a professional job that we do and we still have to do everything that we can,” he said.
“The first week you'll feel hunger during the day in the morning, afternoon, evening. But after a week, your body's totally adapted and how it works for me, I don't feel hunger anymore.