Queen baton for Commonwealth Games arrives in India

16:15, June 25, 2010      

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The British Queen's baton Friday arrived in India through the Wagah border in the northern state of Punjab in preparation for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in the national capital.

The Commonwealth Games are scheduled in India from Oct. 3 to Oct. 14 this year.

The Queen's baton relay, launched by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace last October, was handed over by Pakistan Olympic Association President Syed Arif Hassan to his Indian counterpart and chief Commonwealth Games organizer Suresh Kalmadi at the Wagah border with Pakistan on the outskirts of Amritsar.

"This great occasion comes when exactly 100 days are left for the Games. We promise you the best ever Commonwealth Games," Kalmadi said.

Among others present on the occasion were Commonwealth Games Federation chief Mike Fennell of Jamaica and Chief Minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit.

The baton relay, which is nearly at the end of its journey, will travel across India before reaching Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in the national capital during the Games opening ceremony.

It's the longest relay of all the previous Commonwealth Games, and by the end, will have covered 190,000 km across 71 nations.



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