Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Olango Challenge set

Olango Challenge set
The Daily Tribune, Fast Read
April 6, 2011

Through the 2011 Olango Challenge, open-water swimming will continue to make waves in the Philippines.

The annual fund-raising event, which will benefit the people of Olango Island in Cebu, will take place on April 30 at the Tambuli Beach Club.

Launched in 2008, the event hopes to promote the sport in the country, considering that it’s now an Olympic event and part of the Southeast Asian Games calendar.

The Philippine Business for Social Progress is behind the unique and exciting event in coordination with the Philippine Aquatic Sports Association.

Antonio Aboitiz, chairman of the PBSP regional office in the Visayas and co-chairman of the open-water event, yesterday said they expect a bigger staging this year.

“It’s always been different each year. Now we expect as many as 70 participants who will swim the open-water box formation which they will circle three times for a total of six kilometers,” he said.

“There will be relay events for teams of three, and prizes for those who will swim the 2-km route fastest,” said Aboitiz during the PSA Forum at Shakey’s UN Avenue.