The traditional ‘Torch of the XIX Commonwealth Games’ which is also known as the ‘Queen’s Baton’ arrived in Sri Lanka last Thursday on its way to Delhi as the 67th destination. XIX Commonwealth Games will be held in New Delhi from October 3rd to 14th.
The Queen’s Baton Relay is the traditional curtain raiser to the Commonwealth Games and has been an inclusion in the games programme since the Cardiff 1958 Commonwealth Games in Wales. The Queen’s Baton Relay 2010 Delhi commenced from Buckingham Palace on Thursday, October 29, 2009, with Queen Elizabeth ll entrusting the Queen’s Baton 2010 Delhi to Priyanka Negi, Louis Rose, Asish Maitra, Alka Lamba and Babar Khan – the first of many thousands of baton bearers to carry the baton around the globe.
As part of its epic journey, the Queen’s Baton 2010 Delhi will traverse the length and breadth of the Commonwealth, visiting all 71 nations of the Commonwealth covering 190,000 kilometers in 340 days. The Queen’s Baton Relay 2010 Delhi will conclude in Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium during the opening ceremony of the XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 in Delhi on October 3.
During their arrival to Sri Lanka, the delegates were welcomed at the Galadari Hotel.
Seen in the picture is Ashish Maitra, Member of the Indian Olympic Committee, Joseph Kenny, Vice President National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka, Ananada Warakawa Director Food & Beverage Galadari Hotel, Upali Perera Acting General Manager/Financial Controller of Galadari Hotel, Priyanka Nege, Member of the Indian Olympic Committee, R.M. Sri Vastara 1st Secretary of Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka, Dr. Pream Varma, Member of the Indian Olympic Committee and Sheyanda Martil, Lobby Manager of Galadari Hotel.