Hundreds of foreign nationals have participated in a swimming competition that took place on Kuta Beach on Sunday (3/10).
The competition that was organized by a non-profit organization called Bali Sports Foundation (BSF) was held to raise money to support disabled children on the island. The Director of BSF, Rodney James Holt said that this charity organization has been organizing similar events over the last 12 years in Bali, as a form of support to the local community, especially those who suffer with some physical or mental disabilities.
Apart from supporting our community, this event was also initiated to promote Bali’s tourism that has been paralyzed since the Covid-19 pandemic struck in 2020. “This is our 12th Bali Ocean Swim that we have been organizing for 12 years in Bali, to fund and support sporting development for disabled people as well as reviving Bali tourism.” Holt said on Sunday. Both expats and local people, including children were seen on Kuta Beach to participate in this open water swimming competition.
Holt explained that all profits earned will be directly distributed to support 17 different spotting activities for children who are faced with disabilities such as down syndrome and autism as well as deaf and blind children in Bali. A total of 143 participants have joined the event, despite the large waves that made the competition a little more challenging. “We used to have more participants, but they’re still unable to join as the border hasn’t reopened yet.” Holt concluded.
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Thursday 7th of October 2021
Why are the photos not connected with the event? You don't write about swimming and post pictures of football, LOL. Unless you don't wanna share the fact, that participants didn't wear facemasks. Because, "God! 143 people next to each other without a facemask! Dead men walking. It's over. Call their relatives, they're done."
Thursday 7th of October 2021
I dont think forwigner will come to bali with 8 days quarantine, there are many countries such as Turkey, Thailand and other countries are no quarantine requared, it will be competitive holiday destination in only couple of months before 2022.
Bali should think again with that 8 days quarantine mandatory rules. 2 days is alright to quarantine but not 8 days 😏
Monday 11th of October 2021
@Mrs Hutchin, Now reduced from 8 days to 5 days, thanks to Winnie from The Monkeys posting about that. But 5 days is still too long. I agree, 2 days would be better. Enough time to get PCR test to confirm COVID free.
Wednesday 6th of October 2021
They don’t need to swim, it’s enough if they make donation’s only.