Dhaka, Jan 8 (MNN) The 16th Queen’s Baton Relay ahead of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games that are slated to kick off in July will travel to India on January 10.
The baton relay will continue its journey around 72 Commonwealth nations and territories across the world before it concludes at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Birmingham on July 28.
The baton relay – a traditional curtain raiser for the Commonwealth Games — began its journey with a message from the Queen from Buckingham Palace on October 7, 2021.
It will cover a distance of 1,40,000 km and take 269 days to travel across Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Caribbean and the Americas before it embarks on final stretch of its journey across England for 25 days. The journey will conclude at Birmingham 2022 opening ceremony.
The Baton reached Bangladesh on January 6 and was carried to the British High Commission in Dhaka by celebrated Bangladeshi sport shooters Abdullah Hel Baki and Shakil Ahmed, where they were welcomed by British High Commissioner Robert Chatterton Dickson, alongside Bangladesh Olympic Association President General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed.
The reception was attended by several renowned sportspersons in Bangladesh, representatives of Bangladesh government, different civil society organisations, youth groups, British businesses, and heads of missions of the Commonwealth countries in Bangladesh, the High Commission said on Saturday.
British High Commissioner Robert Chatterton Dickson said: “With the 50th anniversary of UK-Bangladesh relations and our ties through the Commonwealth, the arrival of the Queen’s Baton Relay in Bangladesh is another important milestone of Brit Bangla Bondhon.
“The Baton Relay has been an essential part of the Commonwealth Games for over 60 years and celebrates communities from across the Commonwealth during the run up to the Games. It ignites hope, solidarity, and collaboration as it connects communities embracing unique cultures and inspires the next generation of sporting heroes.”
The arrival of the Queen’s Baton Relay will amplify moments of celebration in Bangladesh with its golden jubilee of independence, and offer opportunities for reflection and connection, galvanising the future potential of the Commonwealth.
The Baton will visit the National Martyrs’ Monument, the Bangladesh Army Stadium and Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan, the national sports institute of the country.
The Baton will also visit the Bangladesh Olympic Association and Shaheed Bir Uttam Lt. Anwar Girls’ School and College. Throughout, Baton bearers, athletes and others will share stories of striving for change in their communities.
The Commonwealth Games, held every four years, with a hiatus during World War II, have grown from featuring 11 countries and 400 athletes to a global spectacle of 6,600 sports men and women from across 72 nations and territories.
Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games is one of three major events the UK is hosting in 2022 alongside Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee and Festival UK 2022.