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Queen’s Baton 2010 Delhi held by tribal women in Dhanbad
Queen’s Baton 2010 Delhi reaches Jharkhand

DHANBAD, 5 August 2010: The Queen’s Baton 2010 Delhi has reached the ‘Coal Capital of India’ Dhanbad in Jharkhand state. General Secretary of Jharkhand Olympic Association (JOA) Mr. S. M. Hashmi received the baton from West Bengal at the Maithan Dam border.  


In Dhanbad, the relay was divided into 9 sectors with 10 to 12 Batonbearers in each sector. The evening cultural ceremony took place at Kala Bhawan, Dhanbad where Sri George Kumar, Secretary DZSP cum SDM Dhanbad welcomed the baton and ceremony comprising singing and folk dance of Jharkhand by Institution and Schools groups took place. The reception concluded with a memento presentation.


In the morning, baton 2010 started its journey from Durgapur to Asansol where it made its first stop of the day at Asansol Municipal Corporation ground for the welcome ceremony. The baton was received by the Mayor of Asansol along with other dignitaries who carried the baton up to the stage, escorted by the NCC cadets amidst showering of flowers and conch blowing.


After few speeches and performances the 5 kilometre-long relay commenced from the stage with its first Batonbearer Mr. H.S. Sokhi, a hockey player and 25 other official Batonbearers. Thousands of spectators including school and college students lined up to welcome the baton in their city. The relay concluded at Rabindra Bhaban stadium for the cultural program themed as “Asansol Unfolds Colour”.


A tree plantation at Dhanbad Forest Zonal office with the baton in presence of Forest officials took place in Dhanbad A Batonbearer carrying the Queen’s Baton 2010 Delhi at Maithan Dam Dhanbad