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Malta to be the baton’s final European host

Malta: The baton, travelling across the European continent will reach the Mediterranean island of Malta on 5 Dec 2009. In the Maltese capital of Valletta President of CGA Malta, Indian Consultant and High Commissioner of India will welcome the Queen's Baton Relay team and there will be an evening reception hosted by Indian Consultant and Indian High Commissioner.


On Sunday, 6 Dec 2009, the baton will travel a distance of 2.5 km in canoes, traditional Maltese boats and yachts, along with a group of swimmers to grand harbor and will return to base. Later the baton will attend MOC Sports Award GALA Night – the event will start with the entrance of the Queen’s Baton (it is proposed to be televised). Next day, on Monday – 7 Dec 2009 – the baton will visit various schools across the island. In the evening, Indian Consulate in Malta will host a dinner and reception. This will conclude the European leg of the baton’s journey across the globe.


Malta is a southern European country and consists of an archipelago situated centrally in the Mediterranean, 93 km south of Sicily and 288 km north-east of Tunisia. Malta is just over 300 km² making it one of Europe's smallest and one of Europe's most densely populated countries.


Malta first participated in 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games held in Cardiff, Wales. It is participating regularly in all Games since 1982 Commonwealth Games held in Brisbane, Australia.


The baton’s next destination is Sierra Leone in Africa.