Guwahati : Former international swimmer from Assam, Elvis Ali Hazarika is set to swim across the Catalina Channel in the USA, dedicating the feat to Abhi-Neel.
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Hazarika, who has brought laurels to the region, will continuously swim for 15 hours across the Catalina Channel. West Bengal swimmer Rimo Saha will accompany Elvis in his feat. The Catalina channel is equally challenging as much as the English Channel is.
“I will dedicate my attempt to cross the Catalina Channel to the Assam sons, Abhijeet Nath and Nilotpal Das who were lynched to death in 2018 in Panjuri village of Dokmoka in the Karbi Anglong,” announced Hazarika while addressing presser here in Guwahati on April 27th, 2019.
The total expenditure of the journey is estimated to be around Rs 6-7 lakh. Elvis will be covering the first 11 hour stretch and the remaining four hour stretch will be covered by Rimo. The endpoint of the swim is Rancho Palos Verdes. He will practice in the Ganga River in May 2019 as part of his preparation.
Hazarika became the first ever swimmer from Northeast to swim 29 Km of the English Channel which separates southern England from northern France and links to the southern part of the North Sea to the Artlantic Ocean. In June last year, the swimmer fell short by just 5.3 KM of the 33.3 Km width in an attempt to cross the English Channel.
He has won as many as 68 national and six international gold medals. At the age of 9, Elvis represented the nation in the Asia Pacific Swimming Championship in the year 1991.