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25 February, 2018

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Event Recognized by


Colva Beach, South Goa
25 February, 2018

Square Off Sports announces the launch of Sixth edition of Swimmathon, the National Selection trail for FINA World Championships

Square Off Sports announces the launch of sixth edition of Swimmathon 2017, India’s Premier Open Water Swimming Championship, to be held on 3rd December at Colva Beach, South Goa. Accredited by Swimming Federation of India as the national selection trail, winners of Swimmathon 2017 - both men & women in 5 K and 10 K races will represent India at the FINA World Championship and other international events like Asian Games and Commonwealth Games.  Mr. Virdhawal Khade, 2014 Asian Games Bronze medalist and Arjuna Awardee, will represent Swimmathon 2017 as the brand ambassador. The formal announcements were made at Play – The Lounge, in esteemed presence of Mr. Virdhawal Khade, Olympian & Brand Ambassador, Swimmathon, Mr. Mayur Vyas, Technical Committee - Swimmathon, Swimming Federation of India and Mr. Ashish Agarwal, Managing Director and Co-founder, Square Off Sports.

The aim of Swimmathon is to develop Open Water Swimming as a sport in India as well as to recognize the real talent from across the nation. Association of Swimmathon 2017 with SFI will create a perfect competent breed of International-level swimmers. The official recognition has opened doors for Indian Open Water Swimmers with the fastest swimmer at Swimmathon 2017 - Male & Female in both 5 KM & 10 KM race representing India in an International Event. The winners of last edition of Swimmathon qualified to represent India in the FINA World Championship held at Russia.

Leading brands including Speedo, Black Panther, Bright Outdoor, D’signer, Radio City, Play – The Lounge, Activ Sports, Swim India, Longuinhos and Event Qubes N Ideas joined hands with Swimmathon 2017 with a singular aim, to promote open sea swimming as a sports in India.

Open water swimming poses unique challenges to the swimmers as there are no lane lines, walls or starting blocks to dictate what it takes to win. Unpredictable natural conditions often play a deciding role in determining the winner of such a race. This year, Swimmathon has announced the highest cash prize in Indian Open Water Swimming history with a total cash purse of around Rs. 4,00,000. The winners of 10KM races and 5KM races in both Male and Female categories will win Rs. 50,000 each and Rs. 25,000 each respectively. In addition, the winners will also get gift hampers from brands like Speedo, Black Panther, among others.

“Square Off Sports as a brand is overwhelmed to announce the sixth edition of Swimmathon in association with Swimming Federation of India. Open Sea Swimming is a unique and the youngest addition to Olympic games. We are inclined towards creating the same kind of excitement and at the same time, provide a platform for budding swimmers to showcase their raw talent.  There is immense potential hidden in the remote pockets of the country which, if given the right kind of training and mentorship, can lead India at International level. Also, just like marathon, we aspire to make it to the New Year resolution and ‘things to do’ bucket list of adventure enthusiasts looking out for riveting expeditions. With the government massively promoting sports, we are not far from the day when Goa will evolve as the water sports destination and Swimmathon arena will see international participants.” said Mr. Ashish Agarwal, Managing Director, Co-founder, Square Off Sports.

“It's fantastic to be a part of the brand Swimmathon, which is the premier sea swimming competition in the country, and has been a tremendous platform to the sea swimmers of India. Earlier, Swimmathon was the most promising open water swimming competition, but now it is also the most rewarding for the swimmers with the increased prize money. Along with the success of the competition, I hope India finds its next big thing in swimming through Swimmathon. Can't wait for the racing to begin!”, said Brand Ambassador, Swimmathon, Arjuna Awardee, and Asian Games medalist, Mr. Virdhawal Vikram Khade.

Talking about the recognition, Mayur Vyas, Technical Committee – Swimmathon, Swimming Federation of India, said, “We are happy to promote ‘Swimmathon’ in association with Square Off Sports, which has deep expertise in conducting events of this nature. Swimmathon is a stepping stone for the Indian swimmers to become an International-level sports personality and represent India at events in Open Water Swimming Category. Being conducted in Goa, Swimmathon has transpired into a bigger and better property due to the consistent efforts that the Square Off Sports team has put in nurturing this event. I am positive that Swimmathon is a great initiative that will help Swimming emerge as a serious sport in India and provide opportunities to all the aspiring swimmers. Swimming Federation of India wants to leverage on Swimmathon as a platform to identify a talent pool of open water swimmers and create a roadmap for the forthcoming international meets.”

The categories for competition are as follows:

·       10K Swimmathon

o   14+ Years Men & Women

·       5K Swimmathon

o   14+ Years Men & Women

·       2.5 K Swimmathon

o   U14 Boys & Girls

o   14+ Years Men & Women

o   35+ Years Men & Women

·       1K Swimmathon

o   U14 Boys & Girls

o   14+ Years Men & Women

o   35+ Years Men & Women

About Ashish Agarwal

An entrepreneur at heart with a penchant for selling products and services, Ashish Agarwal has been dabbling with start-ups even before moving out of school. In a way, his first venture at the age of 10 - a popular Community Library in his locality, paved the way for his eventual journey from a corporate life to that of an entrepreneur. Before the entrepreneurial bug bit him, Ashish worked in various sales-oriented roles for IT giants like IBM, HCL, NSE.iT and Ricoh, and has successfully worked with Fortune 500 companies as clients. Ashish has an Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering degree from Mumbai University, and has over 15 years of experience in the IT sector.

Working with large conglomerates, Ashish believes in creating an environment where good governance is a business imperative and corporate governance best practices are ingrained in Ashish’s working style. He has been instrumental in implementing similar practices across all Square Off Sports’ offerings, thus improving the efficiency of delivery and intended outcome from these projects which will positively impact the performance and long-term viability of the company.

In his current avatar, Ashish has represented Square Off Sports at several forums and conventions as a speaker, and has been instrumental in forging partnerships for the company with several National and International Sports Associations and Federations.

About Square Off Sports

Square Off Sports is a premier sports management, consulting and a training organization providing comprehensive services in the field of sports. Square Off Sports has been established to be the change agent – aimed to develop India’s sporting culture by encouraging the youth of the country to take up sports as their ‘way of life’. With a strategic vision of professionalizing the delivery of sports in India, Square Off Sports aims to create a paradigm shift and act as agents to encourage the youth right from their formative age to take up sports as a way of life thereby building career opportunities in sports through offering in Sports Training & Education and Sports Management. These programs have been delivered successfully at marquee clients like Podar International School, Billabong High International School, Thane, SM Shetty International School, Hiranandani Group, etc.

Sports Training & Education

− K-12 Sports Education

− Post School Sports Training & Vacation Camps

− Clubhouse Sports and Activity Outsourcing for Complexes

− Competitive Sports Training for Academies & School Team Training

− School Sporting Tours

Sports Management

− Creating & Acquiring Sports Intellectual Properties

− Sports Event Management and Public Relations

− Corporate Employee Engagement

− Community Sports Events




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