First Edition of UIPM Biathle World Tour ‘Run Swim Run’ Concludes In Goa

Entertainment | January 6, 2017 | News

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Temperatures in Goa rose by a few degrees on Saturday, December 17, 2016 as Run Swim Run – UIPM Biathle First World Tour took place at Miramar beach, Panaji.

Over two hundred athletes showed up from all over the country and Asia to compete in this Biathle World tour competition that involved alternate bouts of running with a length of swimming in between, which varied with age groups.

The sporting extravaganza was an initiative of Brand Sports, the sports division of Brand Promotions India with support from the Modern Pentathlon Association of India and under the aegis of the International Modern Pentathlon Union, commonly known as UIPM, the international governing body of Modern Pentathlon and the Olympic sports.

The visually appealing event of Run Swim Run on the beach was a big crowd puller. Seeing the competitive turnout, Namdev Shirgaonkar, Secretary General of Modern Pentathlon Federation of India who is also the Secretary General of Asian Modern Pentathlon Confederation and the Youngest Executive Committee member of Indian Olympic said, “India added one more star in the sport of Pentathlon this year. We’re happy that India has begun on this road of success that will only make this nation shine brighter. We look forward to our Modern Pentathlon flag in the 2018 Asia Games in Indonesia and the 2020 Olympics to make this country proud.”

The races of Run Swim Run began at 9.30 AM, starting with the youngest category and gradually moved ahead with age category parameters. Each race gradually increased in distance as the age categories changed until the final and the biggest test of endurance had the athletes run a total of 3.2 kms with a swim of 400 mts in between.

Petruschinski Bernhard Andreas from Germany was the Technical Director for the event, and also the representative of UIPM. He commented, "I was amazed at the passion that the children had for the sport. It really makes me happy to see the children smile and that is exactly what we achieved with this tour to India. I hope we continue on this road of providing children with the platforms for making them proud of their talents and hard-earned accomplishments.”

Vinay Marathe, Director of Sports, MPFI added, “Our aim is to take this sport to the grass-root levels of the country so that the youth of India has a chance to showcase their talent on a worthy platform. Our main wheels are Biathle and Trialthle and since swimming and running are common in the country, we bank on them to make this sport popular in India. We have tie-ups with countries to have international coaches to train our athletes for a more competitive place in the world. Our main agenda is  to have a solid presence in the 2020 olympics so they can compete with the rest of the world on an even keel."

With extravagant efforts by athletes, the races were brought to a close by 2 pm and all the athletes were given their due rest until the grand festivities of the Felicitation and Medal Ceremony along with a Gala Dinner where a night of fun awaited them. 

Temperatures in Goa rose by a few degrees on Saturday, December 17, 2016 as Run Swim Run – UIPM Biathle First World Tour took place at Miramar beach, Panaji.

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