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Marathon swimming in Bangla Channel Mar 17

An international marathon swimming, first of its kind in Bangladesh, will be held in 16.1km-long Bangla Channel on March 17, organisers said at a press conference yesterday.

Everest hero Musa Ibrahim, reputed swimmer Lipton Sarkar and English Channel swimmers Van Gaul Milko from the Netherlands and Ferar Tulio from Italy will take part in it.

The marathon will commence around 6:00am, and it may take the swimmers five hours to cross the channel, Musa told the conference at the city's Liberation War Museum.

For the first time, two swimmers--Lipton Sarkar and Van Gaul--are expected to doubly cross the channel, taking some 10 hours, he said.

Musa said foreigners' swimming Bangla Channel would help it to get recognition internationally.

Bangla Channel stretches from Teknaf to the Saint Martin's Island in the Bay of Bengal.

Everest Academy is organising the International Bangla Channel Marathon Swimming.

A press release said the incomes from the marathon would be donated to the Centre for Injury Prevention and Research, Bangladesh for teaching swimming to under-four children.

Extreme Bangla, Professional's System, and North Alpine Club Bangladesh will co-present the swimming marathon.

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