May 1, 2019, 7:05 PM
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Iranian sportsman swims 150km from Oman on Persian Gulf Day

Tehran, May 1, IRNA- An Iranian sportsman has swum 150 kilometres from Oman to Iran to celebrate the Persian Gulf Day, a national festivity to commemorate the end of Portuguese rule on the vital maritime artery in the 17th century.

Mohammad Amiri Roodan swam from the Omani Port of Khasab to the Iranian city of Bandar Abbas in five days, according to a local sports official.

“He swam the long distance to commemorate the national Persian Gulf Day and promote tourism in the south of Iran,” Manucher Monhani, local Swimming Association official told IRNA.

Each year, Iran celebrates Ordibehesht 10 (April 30) as the national Persian Gulf Day to remember the end of Portuguese rule on the very important world maritime body in the 17th century.

Iranian 17th-century military and political figure Imam-Quli Khan, helped by the British, led a 10-day siege to the Portuguese garrison in the Hormuz Island and put an end to the 117 years of the Portuguese domination over the Strait of Hormuz.
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