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Queen’s Baton Relay: Commonwealth Games’s torch to reach Uttarakhand on October 5

The Queen’s baton relay for the upcoming XXI Commonwealth Games will reach Uttarakhand on October 5. The baton will first reach Pantnagar from Delhi and will be relayed across 5 cities in Uttarakhand – namely Haldwani, Nainital, Rishikesh, Haridwar and finally Dehradun. Several eminent sports personalities from Uttarakhand will take part in the event.  The commonwealth games will be held in Australia next year. The sport bodies in the state are excited about the event as Queen’s Baton is being taken to only a few states in the country. This will be the second time the Queen’s baton will be relayed in Uttarakhand,  first time during 2010 Commonwealth Games.

What is Queen’s Baton Relay?

Similar to Olympic Torch relay, The Queen’s Baton Relay is a relay around the world held prior to the beginning of the Commonwealth Games. The Relay traditionally begins at Buckingham Palace in London where the Queen entrusts the baton to the first relay runner. At the Opening Ceremony of the Games, the final relay runner hands the baton back to the Queen or her representative, who reads the message aloud to officially open the Games. The 2018 relay would be the longest covering staggering 2,30,000 km in 388 days and will traverse through commonwealth region in Asia, Africa, Australia and others.

The upcoming XXI Commonwealth Game will be held in Gold Coast, Australia in the month of April next year. Around 70 countries will participate in various sporting events.