Mumbai, September 8
Indian open water swimming champion Bhakti Sharma, who has set a world record by swimming 1.4 miles in 52 minutes in 1° C temperature in the Antarctic Ocean, is seeking monetary help through an online crowdfunding platform to try her luck in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The 26-year-old swimmer from Udaipur, Rajasthan, started swimming at the age of two. Bhakti said, “I am falling short of funds to complete my training and therefore I approached the team of fueladream.com to help me launch an online petition. So far, people have donated around two and a half lakh rupees.
But this amount is much below my expected target of Rs 1.5 crore that I would need to spend in the coming four years of my preparation.” — PTI
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