Thursday, 17 June 2010

Queen's baton reaches Sri Lanka

The Queen’s Baton Relay for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, to be held in Delhi from October 3-14, arrived in Sri Lanka from Maldives on Thursday.

The Baton touched down at the Bandaranaike International Airport, where representatives of the Indian High Commission and the senior officials of Sri Lankan Tourism Ministry were present.

After Colombo, the flame will travel through different places of the island country including adjoining Negombo, Wennappuwa, Kurunegala, Kegalle, Pinnawela and Rambukkana.

Hemasiri Fernando, president of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Sri Lanka, said the arrival of the QBR “in our community” is being celebrated with great enthusiasm and many athletes will participate during its stay in Sri Lanka.

“We look forward to see many local people join the festivities and turn out to cheer on Baton-bearers, including past and present athletes,” Fernando said.

The Baton is on its way to 190,000-kilometre journey, during, which it will pass through 71 countries and territories that make up the Commonwealth of Nations.

Sri Lanka is the 67th stop for the Baton and from here it will enter Bangladesh. The seeing off ceremony in Sri Lanka will be held at Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium here on June 19.

The Baton would enter India from Pakistan through Wagah border and then embark upon a 100-day national tour starting on June 25 before reaching its final destination Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on October 3.


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