Gupta heads to Somalia, will miss triathlon
August 6th, 2011
07:21 PM ET

Gupta heads to Somalia, will miss triathlon

Months of planning and training have led to this weekend, the Nautica New York City Triathlon. But in the business of journalism, one cardinal rule is that well laid plans often change, some times at the last minute, for the sake of another plan, or another story that needs to be told.

Such is the case with this weekend. Dr. Sanjay Gupta planned to race the triathlon with six iReporters who have been training since February. But the devastating situation is Somalia demands the world's attention.  Gupta found out less than 36 hours before the start of the race that he'd be heading to Africa this weekend, and not jumping in the Hudson.

He'll be covering the famine and resulting humanitarian crisis in Somalia, alongside CNN's Anderson Cooper.

Early this year, six iReporters were chosen to represent CNN Fit Nation in this year's New York tri. They came to Atlanta to meet Sanjay and get instruction from our trialthon coach and nutritionist,and they and Sanjay traveled to Hawaii for a week of intense training with champion triathletes. And they worked continuously with trainers in their hometown. Along the way they've shared their transformational experience on The Chart.

"I'm really going to miss him at the tri, we've communicated a lot over the last few months," says competitor Nina Lovel. "But we know he's doing something important and I really respect his strong desire to tell this story. You can tell he's passionate about it."

Tune in to "SGMD" on Sunday, live from New York, 7:30 a.m. ET, for coverage of the sixpack and the early stages of the competition.

soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Somaliad

    Please go to Mogadishu and send us the facts. Also, please help the needy with your medical profession skills for humanitarian purpose. Good luck and I will follow the story of my homeland as it feels great to finally see today that Alshabab terrorists flee Mogadishu. God Bless..

    August 7, 2011 at 01:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. rod becklund

    I for one see through the smoke and lies . He is a busy man with his jobs as a Dr./celebrity and reporter and he hasn't put in the required time and effort it would take to put up a respectable time in the race. So instead of manning up and telling the truth he pulls this stunt. It kind of reminds me of a kid that brags about how fast his car is then when he gets a race challenge he says I can't race then I have to study for my home-ec finals, GIVE ME A BREAK. I understand the crisis in Somalia but that isn't breaking news that has been there and will be there after the race, so in this bystanders view it is only an excuse not a reason for his missing the race he has been hyping for months. Rod Becklund Florida

    August 7, 2011 at 05:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • shannow

      while there are certainly worthy causes always to be done instead of personal quests, i feel you hit the nail on the head with this one. after all his buildup a poor time would not mix well with a big ego.

      August 8, 2011 at 07:32 | Report abuse |
  3. Elián González

    Is this news?

    August 7, 2011 at 12:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Faith

    Nice, Dr. Gupta. Why won't you go back to India and work to ease the life of 300 million Dalits in India?

    August 10, 2011 at 01:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Faith

    The North Korean prison camps are worse than Somalia.

    August 10, 2011 at 01:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Faith

    If only CNN shows even 1/10 of respect to the conservative politicians that they show to their own workers... Please report on the world's worst prison conditions instead of this. The liberals don't know what's important.

    August 10, 2011 at 01:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Denis

    reasons and has seen tremendous reutlss. As I mentioned over on Eat Drink Better when discussing Clinton's vegan diet and interview, he is not the only notable celebrity to go vegan in recent years. Mike Tyson is another notable

    September 11, 2012 at 14:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Kaye

    Perfectly written subject material, regards for selective information. "No human thing is of serious importance." by Plato. Kaye http://public3nemy.tumblr.com

    February 11, 2013 at 21:35 | Report abuse | Reply

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