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'Games pastors' offer spiritual support

Published:Friday | August 10, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates winning gold in the men's 100m final at the Olympic Stadium, London, on the ninth day of the London 2012 Olympics. - AP


At the Olympics, it's not just the athletes who go faster, higher and stronger. So do the emotions of spectators. Amid the mayhem, a religious volunteer army is on hand to offer spiritual succour, roaming London's transport network in blue baseball caps are 300 "games pastors". They are here to offer a listening ear and a helping hand, not to shove religion down anyone's throat.