Shaikh Khalid Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Bahrain’s deputy chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sport (SCYS), has been feted as a hero after he swam for 35 hours non-stop to raise funds for cancer patients.
Shaikh Khalid, also the chairman of Bahrain Athletic Association, achieved the feat of rising successfully to the “Khalid bin Hamad Swimming Challenge” by undertaking the toughest swimming test and crossing the stretch of water between Sunset Resort in Saudi Arabia and the Sofitel Resort in Zallaq in the south of Bahrain.
Swimmers from various countries, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Spain, the US, Slovenia, New Zealand and Australia, took part in the unprecedented initiative on Friday to secure funds that will be spent towards assisting cancer patients.
King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa, who attended the final stages of the challenge, congratulated Shaikh Khalid “on the unprecedented exploit and praised his determination and willpower to rise to the challenge and swim for 35 kilometres.”
Praising the humanitarian and athletic initiative, King Hamad said that “the honourable achievement was an outstanding accomplishment for Bahrain, an inspiration for young Bahraini sportsmen and sportswomen and a motivation for young people for more achievements and successes,” Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.
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