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Queen’s Baton 2010 Delhi lands in South Asia, reaches Maldives

MALE, 14 June 2010: The Queen’s Baton 2010 Delhi is closing in the gap from India, waiting eagerly for its arrival, and will reach Male in Maldives today. On 15 June 2010, the relay will be inaugurated by the President of Maldives and commence from the famous Jumhooree Park (Male's centre point is this little park on the north coast, marked by a flagpole with a giant Maldivian flag) and will relay around Male.


This will then be followed by visit to the largest primary and secondary school in Maldives.


The Maldives or Maldive Islands, officially the Republic of Maldives, is an island nation in the Indian Ocean formed by a double chain of twenty-six atolls stretching in a north-south direction off India's Lakshadweep islands, between Minicoy Island and Chagos Archipelago. It stands in the Laccadive Sea, about 700 kilometres south-west of Sri Lanka.


Malé is the capital and most populous city in the Republic of Maldives. Traditionally it was the King's Island, from where the ancient Maldive Royal dynasties ruled and where the palace was located.


When it comes to size Male’ would perhaps count as one of the smallest capitals in the world. It is home to one third of the country’s total population. It is a city of skyscrapers and paved roads. While the government offices are located in one area, the main streets are lined with shops and offices. In Male one would not find any beach, instead it is encircled by seawalls.


Maldives first participated in 1986 Commonwealth Games held in Edinburgh, Scotland.