|Sent on:||Friday, July 27, 2012 11:36 AM|
The LOCOG position on the wearing of the Kirpan has not changed. We have an exception to the prohibited items policy to allow the wearing of a Kirpan of the size limit stated below. This applies in all Games venues and entry staff will be briefed.
Exception wording for the Prohibited Items policy:
The Kirpan, which is an Article of Faith (ceremonial dagger) in the Sikh religion, will be allowed where the length of the sheath (not including the hilt) is no longer than 6 inches* and is present with the other Articles of Faith**. The Kirpan must also be worn beneath the clothing for it to be allowed into the venue.
( * the blade itself cannot be measured as to unsheathe it is considered sacrilegious)
( ** the most visually identifiable Articles of Faith are an uncut beard and turban for male Sikhs and a solid metal bangle on the wrist (normally the right) for both male and female Sikhs)
A recent press statement by LOCOG reads;
“We want to make sure the Games are accessible to everyone. The Kirpan will be presented at security, but it will not be unsheathed. Wearing the Kirpan alongside the other articles of faith is both an everyday occurrence for Sikhs and an important part of observing their faith."
I hope you find this reassuring, I do know that Sikhs entered the test events wearing the Kirpan with no problems, so I am confident the measures we have put in place with the communities help will work.
Thank you for your support for the Games.