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Kilimanjaro defeats Abramovich

Discussion in 'Celebrities Forum' started by Maxence Melo, Sep 13, 2009.

  1. Maxence Melo

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    Roman Abramovich, the billionaire owner of Chelsea Football Club, has abandoned an attempt to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro after collapsing more than 4,000ft from the summit.

    The 43-year-old was carried to safety after experiencing breathing problems during a failed attempt to ascend the mountain in Tanzania last week.

    He had invited a group of six friends to scale the 19,330ft summit, but the expedition had to be cancelled at 15,100ft.

    In March, Cheryl Cole, the X Factor judge, Chris Moyles, the radio DJ, and other celebrities climbed the mountain and raised £1.4m for Comic Relief.

    Mr Abramovich's group tackled the western breach, which is the most difficult approach.

    The party, who flew in on the oligarch’s private Boeing 767, took with them 113 porters, the Sunday Times reported.

    It was reported that Guus Hiddink, Chelsea’s interim manager last season, was among the group.

    Mr Abramovich succumbed to what appeared to have been symptoms of altitude sickness and needed medical attention.

    Pascal Shelutete, a spokesman for the Tanzania National Parks Authority, told the newspaper: "We were not given a reason for his failure to reach the peak, but there are reports from his team that he developed some breathing problems."

    Source: The Telegraph
    Sept 13, 2009