Commonwealth Games: Queen's Baton reaches Delhi

Posted By: Nairita Das
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New Delhi, Sep 30 (ANI): The Queen's Baton Relay (QBR) of the XIXth Commonwealth Games reached host city New Delhi on Thursday after completing a 20,000 kilometer long journey, passing through all 28 Indian states and seven Union Territories.

The Baton reached the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee headquarters situated opposite Jantar Mantar on Jai Singh Road, where it was received by Delhi Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi.

A slew of events have been planned during the display of the baton at the OC headquarters.

On Friday, the baton will pass through Vijay Chowk, India Gate, Teen Murti Bhawan, Qutub Minar and Lotus Temple.

On Saturday, it will visit Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib, St Columba's School and the athletes' Games Village.

The 1.9 lakh-km-long QBR's journey across 71 countries will culminate on October 3 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium before the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

The Queen's Baton Relay is a torch race symbolising the unity and shared ideals of the Commonwealth of nations. It carries a message from the head of the Commonwealth of Nations, currently Queen Elizabeth II of the UK.

The baton has the ability to capture images and sound as it travels throughout the nations of the Commonwealth. With Global Positioning System (GPS) technology, it can be tracked through exact location.(ANI)

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