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Published:October 14th, 2007 13:47 EST
Iranian Sportsman to Skate From Venice to Beijing

Iranian Sportsman to Skate From Venice to Beijing

By Suren Hossein

Iranian skater Akbar Ebrahim-Zadeh is set to skate from Venice to Beijing along the old Silk Road to register a new record. 

The sportsman will start his long 5-month trip early next year in order to reintroduce the old Silk Road as well as Iran’s natural and historical sites as the oldest Asian civilization and historical works. 

Ebrahim-Zadeh has already traveled twice across his motherland, Iran to break records. The first time, he traveled 2,750 km during 37 days last year and for the second time he toured 4,000 km during 80 days in the same year.

Last week he started his third trip skating from Qazvin (North of Iran) to Tehran to visit 14 provinces and 300 cities.

Ebrahim-Zadeh is getting prepared to skate from Venice to Beijing early next Iranian year and will pass so many countries, including Turkey, Russia, Kashmir, India , Mongolia as well as China .

An official from the Iranian National Skating Federation told TheSop "An Englishman has already traveled 1,700 km on skates and set a record. Ebrahim-Zadeh will break English’s record, God willingly by traveling from Venice to Beijing next year."

According to Wikipedia, The Silk Road or Silk Route is an interconnected series of ancient trade routes through various regions of the Asian continent, mainly connecting Chang'an (today's Xi'an) in China, with Asia Minor and the Mediterranean. It extends over 8,000 km (5,000 miles) on land and sea. Trade on the Silk Road was a significant factor in the development of the great civilizations of China, Egypt, Mesopotamia, Persia, Indian subcontinent, and Rome, and helped to lay the foundations for the modern world.

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