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Panaji: A non-competitive, global swimming programme, ‘Michael Phelps Swimming’, promoted by the Olympic gold medal champion, was launched in India, with the aim to promote the sport.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday at the launch of the programme, the US Olympic champions’ sister, Hilary Phelps, said that the swimming programme was designed on techniques practiced by Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time.

Phelps has won 22 medals, including 18 golds.

“‘Michael Phelps Swimming’ is aimed at promoting safe swimming by using the same techniques and philosophy that made Michael the world’s top swimmer,” Phelps said at the launch of the programme in association with the Goa-based Terrapin Swimming Academy.

“‘Michael Phelps Swimming’ instructors are what make this swim school special. In addition to any existing certifications and credentials, every MP Swim School instructor is trained in a proprietary MP Swim School instructor course. This ensures consistency in teaching the Michael Phelps way of swimming,” Hilary Phelps told IANS.

The programme is for all ages and abilities, and taught in over 30 states in the US and over 20 countries. In Goa, the swimming programme is offered at three locations.

Michael was scared of the water when he started swimming at the North Baltimore Swim School. It was there that he learned water safety and overcame his fear of water. Now, after many accomplishments, both in and out of the water, he is able to invest in the very programme that taught him,” she said.

“We believe that quality instruction is not just based on the basic motor skills of kicking, stroking, and rhythmic breathing… In addition, we feel that our swimmers need to understand the properties of the water and have certain body positions, which help breathe rhythmically and achieve balance in the water,” Hilary Phelps added.

(IANS)

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Goa Acknowledges Drop in Tourist Arrivals

Goa is one of the top beach and nightlife destinations in the country and last year attracted more than seven million tourists, out of which half a million were foreigners

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Goa has the potential to become the Venice of the East if it taps its intricate network of inland waterways for commuting. Wikimedia Commons

Tourists arrival in Goa is on decline, acknowledged Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar here on Wednesday and underlined the need to work out solutions to address the issue.

“There is a drop in tourist arrivals in Goa and it needs to be looked into seriously,” Ajgaonkar told reporters after chairing the meeting with the industry stakeholders in Panaji.

“The problems identified will be looked into jointly after taking into confidence all the tourism associations and stakeholders,” the minister said.

Travel and tourism industry stakeholders are expected to submit a comprehensive report on issues affecting tourist arrivals, an official said.

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Goa. (Wikimedia Commons)

Industry stakeholders have cried hoarse trying to draw the government’s attention to dropping tourist footfall over the past few years, and blaming the Tourism Ministry for not doing enough to promote the state.

At the meeting, industry stakeholders, led by Travel and Tourism Association of Goa president Savio Messias, urged Ajgaonkar to address the issues plaguing the industry like harassment of tourists, nuisance caused by organised begging at tourist locations, unreasonable taxi charges by local operators, and the high goods and services tax (GST) rate.

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Ajgaonkar assured that his ministry would review the marketing strategy to promote Goa as a tourism destination more efficiently.

Goa is one of the top beach and nightlife destinations in the country and last year attracted more than seven million tourists, out of which half a million were foreigners. (IANS)