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Baton to visit world’s fourth smallest country, Tuvalu

FUNAFUTI, 27 May 2010: The Queen’s Baton 2010 Delhi will visit the world’s fourth smallest country Tuvalu on 27 May 2010. Tuvalu has a total physical land size of just 26 square kilometres, larger only than the Vatican City at 0.44 square kilometres, Monaco at 1.95 square kilometres and Nauru at 21 square kilometres.


The baton will arrive in Funafuti via Auckland, Nadi and Suva. The baton will attend an official welcome ceremony on the next day, the baton will visit various schools across Funafuti followed by photo opportunities around the island on Saturday.


On Sunday, the baton will relay around the island. The baton will then leave for Norfolk Island earlier next week.   


Tuvalu formerly known as the Ellice Islands, is a Polynesian Island Nation located in the Pacific Ocean, midway between Hawaii and Australia. Its nearest neighbours are Kiribati, Nauru, Samoa and Fiji. It comprises four reef islands and five true atolls. Its population of 12,373 makes it the second-least-populated sovereign state in the world, with only Vatican City having fewer inhabitants.


Tuvalu first participated in 1998 Commonwealth Games held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and is participating in all Games since then.