The Turkish yacht violated Greek territorial waters and was following the Paralympian
An unimaginable challenge from Ankara as a Turkish yacht harassed, in the open sea of Rhodes, the Paralympic swimmer Charalambos Taiganidis who was fulfilling his wish.
This time, as can be seen in the video broadcast by OREN, they did not harass either Coast Guard vessels or fishing boats.
According to the report, the Turkish speedboat violated Greek territorial waters and followed the Paralympian for a few miles.
Paralympian Charalambos Taiganidis started this morning the project to swim from Rhodes to the holy monastery of Panormitis in Symi.
The athlete set himself the goal of covering 25 miles in order to deliver the gold medal he won in Mexico to Archangel Michael of Symi.
The Paralympic swimming champion started his journey to Symi shortly after 7 am, while by his side were the president of the Hellenic Paralympic Committee, Giorgos Kapellakis and the gold medalist Pyrros Dimas.
Charalambos Taiganidis, at the age of 41, fulfilled his wish, arriving at 5:10 a.m. at the Holy Monastery Taxiarchi Michael of Panormitou and was received with cheers and applause by the pilgrims.
Charalambos Taiganidis was born on March 11, 1981 in Thessaloniki and comes from the village of Polymylos in the municipality of Hellespont.
According to his statements, his phobia of water prompted him to take up swimming in order to overcome it.
In 2003 and after he had already distinguished himself at the pan-Hellenic level, he learned that he suffers from a serious eye disease, which degenerates vision, gradually reduces it and makes the retinal nerves atrophy.
In 2002 he won first place in the 50 meter backstroke setting a new pan-Hellenic record.
The vision problems that plagued him the following year forced him to jump to the S13 category.
The following year he participated in the Paralympic Games, in Athens, winning first place in the 100m butterfly, 100m backstroke, and second in the 50m backstroke.
In 2006 he participated in the World Para Swimming Championships in Durban, South Africa, where he won six gold medals.
The sports in which he won first place were the 200m individual medley, 200m backstroke, 100m butterfly, 100m backstroke, 400m freestyle and 50m freestyle.
In the same year, he was awarded as the best athlete with a disability by the Panhellenic Association of Sports Editors.
It is noted that at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing he was the flag bearer of the Greek delegation.
In these games he won six medals, gold in the 100m freestyle category, where he also broke the world record, gold in the 100m backstroke category, where he again set a world record, silver in the 100m butterfly category, in the 200m medley category and in the 50m freestyle, as well as bronze in the 400m freestyle.