QBR from September 1

Baton to a make a week-long trip across Karnataka

QBR from September 1

A video grab of Queen Elizabeth II   handing over the CWG baton relay to Indian President Pratibha Patil in London last year. DH Photo

The baton relay will enter the State from Ooty in Tamil Nadu before travelling 1055 kilometres. During the seven-day journey, the QBR will touch various places in Bangalore, Mysore, Hassan, Mangalore and Karwar before moving to Goa on September 7.
“It’s an opportunity to show India’s culture and heritage to the world” said Raj Kadyan, organising committee member of the QBR.

The QBR’s Indian sojourn will kick off on June 25 when it enters the country through the Wagah Border from Pakistan, exactly hundred days before the start of CWG, to be held from October 3-14.

The baton will travel 20,000 kms through all States and Union Territories before reaching Delhi on September 30 for the final three days of journey at the national capital.

The baton will then be handed back to Queen Elizabeth II during the opening ceremony of the CWG , when the Queen’s message engraved on a gold leaf which has been placed on top of the baton will be read to mark the official kick-off of the Games.

“Around 8000 athletes will vie for 270 gold medals in 17 disciplines at the CWG. It’s a massive sporting event, so the conduct of the Games will have a huge impact on India in global stage,” said Priya Singh Paul, additional director general communications for CWG.
“In order to make the Delhi event a green games, we will also ask each state to plant a minimum of 10,000 saplings,” she added.

At the end of the relay, the QBR will have completed a massive 190,000 kms in its 340-day sojourn through 71 Commonwealth nations. The Queen’s Baton Relay was launched on October 29 last year when Queen Elizabeth II handed over the baton to Indian President Pratibha Patil at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace. The organisers also said the sale of 1.7 million tickets for the CWG will begin in June.

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