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Queen's Baton Relay starts journey
Friday, 30 October 2009

The Queen’s Baton Relay has started its historic journey to the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium for the opening ceremony of Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games.

The relay remains one of the greatest traditions of the Commonwealth Games, having been the curtain-raiser to every Games since 1958.

On Thursday October 29, Her Majesty entrusted the baton containing her ‘message to the athletes’ in a magnificent ceremony at Buckingham Palace, with the President of India, Pratibha Patil, also present.

The Baton will now travel through all the Commonwealth nations – a historic journey that will cover a distance of more than 170,000 kilometers in 236 days.

On its 100 day national tour, the Baton will visit every Indian state including the capital.  By the end of the epic journey the Baton will have covered a staggering 190,000 kilometers in 336 days, one of the longest in the history of the Commonwealth Games.

Before leaving England the Baton will appear at various high-profile sporting events including the England vs. Australia match at Twickenham on Saturday 7th November, where the Rugby 7’s squad will parade the Baton.

The Baton will also be on display at Droitwich High School, Worcestershire on Monday 2nd November, where Badminton star Gail Emms will be present.  The following day it will be in Birmingham with top gymnasts including Becky Downie and Emily Goring.  Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Christine Ohuruogu will be on show with the Baton at a fireworks event in Newham on Friday 6th November.

For each Games, the host country designs a unique baton. The Queen’s Baton 2010 Delhi technology features include:

The ability to capture images and sound as it travels throughout all nations of the Commonwealth

  • The latest global positioning system (GPS) technology through which the exact location of the baton can be tracked on the XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi website
  • Embedded light emitting diodes (LEDs) which will change into the colours of a country’s flag whilst in that country
  • Text messaging capability so that anyone anywhere can send their messages of congratulations and encouragement to the Batonbearers throughout the Queen's Baton Relay 2010 Delhi.

Release with thanks to Commonwealth Games England


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