Posted on 07 September 2021.
The rescheduling occurred due to the developing COVID-19 situation in Indonesia. Despite the delay, the chairman of Oceanman Bali 2021, Wibowo Suseno Wirjawan, has assured that the event is in a 100% state of readiness.
Speaking on Monday, 30 August 2021, Wibowo said: “Everything now is ready to go. 133 people are registered to participate, but registration remains open.”
Quoted by NusaBali.com, Wibowo said registration would remain open until 05 September 2021. The event chairman said a major obstacle confronting the event is travel access to Bali for participants, including air transportation to Bali. A case in point, two Russian swimmers, were prevented from traveling to Bali for the Oceanman Event due to current travel restrictions.
Four days before registration closes, 133 participants from 24 countries have registered to swim in Bali.
The Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and the Creative Economy is actively supporting Oceanman Bali 2021. The Ministry has issued numerous invitations for participants to an event organized and founded by two former national swimming champions, Albert and Felix Susanto.
The organizers and the Government are hopeful that the Oceanman Bali 2021 event conducted during the continuing pandemic will promote ocean swimming while also reinvigorating Indonesia’s tourism economy.
Despite the challenges posed by the global pandemic, both Susanto brothers are pleased with the enthusiastic support from participants and the Bali community for their event and Indonesian tourism in general.
Among those slated to participate in Oceanman Bali 2021 are national swimming champion and Bali native I Gede Siman Sudartawan and Fadlan Prawira, who has just returned from competition at the Tokyo Olympics.
Oceanman Bali 2021 will feature four categories determined by distance:
- Oceanman covering 10 kilometers.
- Half Oceanman covering 5 kilometers
- Sprint covering 2 kilometers
- Oceankids covering 1 kilometer