Lord Bates

They’ll be the World’s ‘Second team’ at the Rio Olympics, but should they be our First?

Lord Bates

Like millions of my compatriots I shall be spending August and September in front of the television screen cheering on Team GB athletes as they compete in the Olympic and Paralympic Games. It is a time of national pride for athletes and spectators alike. For athletes their years of dedicated training may result in the raising…

Stepping down and stepping out…

Lord Bates

On April 6 (The UN International Day of Sport for Development & Peace) I will set out on a 2000 mile, five-month, solo-walk from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro. The reason for the walk is twofold; to raise awareness for the 2016 Olympic truce and to raise funds for Unicef’s work with Children in…

Lillehammer: The Power of Sport & Peace

Lord Bates

In a few minutes time the Opening Ceremony will get underway for the 2016 Lillehammer Winter Youth Olympic Games . It will be a spectacular curtain raiser for what will be an amazing nine days of sport. The pristine slopes, rinks and runs will seem a world away from the conflict zones of our world but…

When the Nations of the World United in Westminster

Lord Bates

The great buildings on or around Parliament Square are no strangers to momentous events in history. Yet one event which is perhaps less well known and celebrated is the role Methodist Central Hall and Church House played in the formation of the United Nations. Last Sunday we were afforded an opportunity by the United Nations Association—UK, Westminster…