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Queen’s Baton 2010 Delhi to arrive in the Emerald Island, Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, 17 June 2010: The Queen’s Baton 2010 Delhi will arrive in Sri Lanka amidst much fanfare on 17 June 2010. Post arrival, there will be a reception at the airport by the officials of the Sports Ministry and the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Sri Lanka. In the afternoon, there will be a motorcade to Colombo Galadari followed by a reception at the Indian House.

 

Next day, there will be a flag hoisting ceremony at the Olympic House (National Flag – Hon. C.B.Ratnayake – Sports Minister of Sri Lanka, Commonwealth Flag – Leader of the baton team, NOC Flag – Mr. Hemasiri Fernando – Hon President, NOC Sri Lanka).

 

Later the convoy will depart for Negambo where the baton will be received by the Mayor of Negambo with school children and there will be a symbolic run by the school children for approximately 1km followed by a visit to Wennappuwa, where the baton will be received by the Chairman, Wennappuwa Urban Council. There will be a symbolic run by the school children.
The baton will then reach Kurunegala, where it will be received by the Governor, Chief Minister of the North Western Province, mayor of Kurunegala and school children with a symbolic run by the school children.

 

In the afternoon, the baton will depart for Kandy where it will be received by the Governor, Chief Minister of the Central Province, Assistant High Commissioner of India and the Mayor of Kandy. There will be a symbolic run by the Kandy Sports bodies around the Lake to take place. Kandy’s geographic location has made it a major transportation hub in the island. The city can be reached by major motorways in every direction of the island. The road passes through rubber plantations and rice paddies, the Asgiriya International Stadium of Kandy hosts cricket matches. Pallekele Cricket Stadium of Kandy, designed to accommodate 30,000 spectators, is scheduled to be built in time for the 2011 Cricket World Cup.

 

On Saturday, the baton will depart for Kegalle where it will be received by the Governor, Chief Minister Sabaragamuwa Province and the Mayor of Kegalle Municipal Council. This will be followed by a symbolic run by local sportspeople. The baton will then visit the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage and will be received by the Director and the staff of the orphanage.
Later, the baton will depart for Rabukkana Railway Station and depart for Colombo by a special train. A colourful procession will commence from Armour Street Junction and the Chef De Mission, Commonwealth Games 2010 will carry the baton on an elephant. In the evening, there will be a closing ceremony at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium with a Cultural Show.

 

Sri Lanka is an island country in South Asia, located about 31 kilometres off the southern coast of India, a nation with which it shares common culture, language and religion. Colombo is the largest city and commercial capital of Sri Lanka. It is located on the west coast of the island and the capital city of Sri Lanka. Colombo is a busy and vibrant city with a mixture of modern life and colonial buildings and ruins and a city population of 647,100.

 

Sri Lanka, as Ceylon, first participated in 1938 British Empire Games held in Sydney, Australia. It is participating regularly since 1990 Commonwealth Games held in Auckland, New Zealand.