Saturday, 2 October 2010

Queen's Baton reaches CWG village

The Queen's Baton for the XIXth Commonwealth Games 2010 reached the athletes' village on Saturday. Scores of people gathered to cheer the arrival of the Queen's Baton.

Former Olympian and Dronacharya Awardee Satpal Singh, who carried the baton into the village, said people were eagerly waiting for the Games.

"It's very good, people are very excited about it. People are waiting eagerly for the Games and to take part in Queen's Baton Relay," said Singh.

Travelling by different modes and going through thousands of hands, the baton covered over 20,000 kilometres in 340 days, making the Baton Relay 2010 one of the longest relays in the history of the Games.

The Queen's Baton symbolises unity and shared ideals of the Commonwealth nations.

The baton carries a message of the head of the Commonwealth nations, Queen Elizabeth II, who flagged off the global tour of the baton on October 29, 2009 from Buckingham palace in London in the presence of the President Pratibha Devisingh Patil.

The Commonwealth Games will take place in the Delhi from October 3 and will conclude on October 14.


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