Monday, 2 November 2009

Commonwealth Games baton reaches Manchester city

Athletes and civic dignitaries gathered at the City of Manchester Stadium to take hold of the Queen's baton as it is relayed around the world for next year's Commonwealth Games in India.

The baton will travel more than 100,000 miles and will pass through 70 Commonwealth countries on its journey to Delhi for the games next October.

It was welcomed back to Manchester outside the stadium that hosted the games in 2002 by a host of athletes including Chris Newton from the Great Britain Cycling Team, the 400m runner Andrew Steele and squash player Laura Massaro.

Emerging athlete Shauna Thompson and Manchester's lord mayor Alison Firth also greeted the baton on behalf of the city.

The baton will be carried across the globe for 240 days before being taken on a 100-day, 118,000-mile tour of India. It will be carried to the capital cities of India's 28 states.

When it finally enters the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi, the baton will be one of the longest relays in the games' history.

The Queen's baton relays have been a curtain raiser to every games since Cardiff in 1958.


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