Saturday, November 28, 2009

Beach Games Galore

Last year, the first Asian Beach Games was celebrated by over 2,000 athletes competing in 12 events in Bali, Indonesia. The event was judged an overwhelming success with open water swimmer Mohammad Saleh voted as MVP. As a result, the second Asian Beach Games was announced for Muscat, Oman in December 2010.

Soon South America will celebrate its first Beach Games (Primeros Juegos Suramericanos de Playa) in Montevideo and Maldonado Punta del Este in Uruguay between December 2-13.

In Uruguay, beach handball, beach volleyball, a fitness competition, beach soccer, beach rugby, waterskiing, triathlon, sailing, surfing and open water swimming (5K and 10K races) will be contested with athletes coming from Netherland Antilles, Argentina, Aruba, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Surinam, Uruguay and Venezuela.

With five days to go before the first day of competition, this is bound to be a successful event with many sequels in the future.

Copyright © 2009 by World Open Water Swimming Association

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

by the way, there is an astonishing open water swimming beach at punta ballena just a short (10min) bus ride up the coast from punta del este, uruaguay.

it's one of the most fantastic long distance training grounds i have seen. open water swimmers should check it out. it must be at least 10 kms of clean, clear Atlantic water with a stunning beach, pretty girls and a great restaurant-but not packed with hordes of people.

it's my favorite beach in the whole world

Steven Munatones said...

Are there any open water swimming competitions here? What is the water temperature most of the year?

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