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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Mosharraf Khan Represents Bangladesh Around The World

Mosharraf Khan is a 60-year-old masters swimmer who has devoted his life to swimming in all forms as he has traveled extensively to 71 different countries.

With a time of 2 hours 53.45 minutes, Khan placed 9th in his division and 17th place overall in the Swim Across America 10 km marathon swim in Long Beach, California.

"It was wonderful seeing the Bangladesh support group cheering and showing their pride for Mosharraf and for their country," said co-event director Pam Lazzarotto who swam the 10 km race herself.

"Including international luminaries like Dr. Sultan Aziz, everyone from Bangladesh who was there cheering is a lovely group of people!"

Khan has also held a number of key positions in the sport in Bangladesh and throughout Asia. He was the General Secretary of the Bangladesh Swimming Federation, a member of the Bangladesh Olympic Association and the Channel Swimming Association, and chairman of the South Asia Long Distance Swimming Association and the South Asia Masters Swimming Association.

He has also served as the treasurer for the South Asia Swimming Federation, vice chairman of the Technical Open Water Swimming Committee within the Asian Amateur Swimming Federation, President of the Munshigonj Swimming Club and the Dhaka Aquatics, and a member of the Asian Swimming Federation Executive Committee, and a FINA referee. As a competitor, he won the Best Swimmer of the Year by the Bangladesh Sports Writers Association in 1973, and was nominated as the Best Swimmer of the Year by the sports journalists in 1983 and as the Best Player of the Year by the Bangladesh Sports Writers Association in 1978. He won the highest sports award in Bangladesh in 1977 for making contributions to swimming at the national and international level.

He was nominated for the Best Player of the Year and Best Sportsman in South Asia in 1985 by the Bangladesh Sports Writers Association. He was dominant in his youth, setting 64 national records in a total of 96 national competitions. He also won gold medals at the World Masters Swimming Games in Denmark, the Pan Pacific Masters Swimming Championships in the U.S.A., and the World Masters Swimming Championships in Rio de Janeiro.

Khan has received numerous government medals and recognition for his contributions to swimming, as an exceptional representative of his native country Bangladesh and all that is good about the aquatics world.

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