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Resigned parliamentarian of Britain starts walk for Olympic Truce

Former parliamentarian of Britain Michael Bates started his “Walk for the Olympic Truce” on April 6 in Buenos Aires.

The voyage will take 2,998 kilometers in 138 days through Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil, with an aim to collect 250,000 U.S. dollars for a solidarity mission of UNICEF.

(Soundbite) MICHAEL BATES, Walker for Olympic Truce
“If you want to make some difference in the world, do something, get out there, do some activity, get walking, stop complaining, and do something.”

Michael will conclude his walk on August 21 in Rio de Janeiro, coinciding with the end of the Olympics.

(Soundbite) LI XUELIN, Wife of Michael Bates
“I wish him a smooth journey and hope him to reach his destination safe and sound.”

Michael had been a member of the British Parliament since 2008 but resigned this year to initiative his walk for the Olympic Truce.

Such walk is a tradition originated in Greece 3,000 years ago to connect cultures through sport.

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