PUNE: City-based open water swimmer Rohan More will be conferred the Tenzing Norgay Award by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. The award is also known as the National Adventure Award and 31-year-old More will get it for his excellence in water adventure for 2016-17.
More will receive this prestigious award from President Ramnath Kovind on August 23, at a ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhavan. This award includes Rs 5 lakh in cash, a certificate signed by President of India and a memento. More now dreams to represent India in Tokyo Olympics in 10km open water swimming. More, while speaking to Sakal Times, said that he started his open water swimming career when he was 10 years old. “I did my first big swim when I was 11. I swam from Dharamtar to Gateway of India, Mumbai covering the distance of 35km in 7 hours and 29 minutes.”
He added that he had a dream to swim the English Channel but could not do so due to age bar of 16 years. However, after turning 18, he came back to open water swimming and accomplished his dream of swimming the English Channel. More who was then working in Dubai as a software engineer said it was difficult for him to manage work life and practice sessions.
More said that he is at rank seven in the list of ocean seven rankings in the world. More said that he is the only Indian and Asian swimmer to achieve this fate. More has completed six challenges out of seven till date.
More expressed his gratitude towards his childhood coaches Kalpana Agashe, Ashok Deshpande and Ramesh Vipat for giving valuable tips. More said that his uncle Pralhad Sawant and his mother Vijaya always stood by him to overcome all difficult situations during his journey and in his outdoor training.
- The sportsmen involved in open water swimming, mountaineering and adventurous sports like sky diving and para gliding making their mark on international level are selected for this award.
- Following the announcement for this award, More said that he feels inspired to compete at international level with all grit and determination.
- More who had missed a chance to represent India at Rio Olympics said that he will start his preparation with renewed energy.