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Queen’s Baton 2010 Delhi to ride on the holy Ganges

LUCKNOW, 29 March 2010: A high powered meeting of top officials from the Organising Committee Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi and Mr. Atul Kumar Gupta, Chief Secretary, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh was held today at Lucknow to discuss the modalities of the Queen’s Baton Relay 2010 Delhi’s travel through Uttar Pradesh later this year. The Queen’s Baton relay 2010 Delhi will pass through the state of Uttar Pradesh in two phases. In the first phase, the relay would pass through Bareilly (on 8 July ), Lucknow, Rae Bareli, Amethi, Allahabad and Varanasi while in the second phase, the relay will cover Lalitpur in Bundelkhand (on 20 September ), Jhansi and Agra before proceeding towards New Delhi.  


A unique travel plan for the baton across the state has been proposed and final touches are yet to be given to the same.  The baton plans to cover the distance between Allahabad and Varanasi on a boat through the holy river – Ganges.


The Queen’s Baton Relay 2010 Delhi that commenced at Buckingham palace on 29 October last year will culminate at the opening ceremony of the XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi, after traveling to 70 nations over a period of 340 days including a 100 day travel at all the 28 state capitals of India. The Queen’s Baton Relay 2010 Delhi is one of the longest relays in the history of Commonwealth Games.


The Queen’s Baton Relay 2010 Delhi was launched on 29 October 2009 by the Head of the Commonwealth, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in the presence of the Hon’ble President of India Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil at a grand event in Buckingham Palace. It has completed its journey of European and African sectors and is presently in the Caribbean island nation of Jamaica. The 240-day 170,000 km international sector will touch the lives of millions of citizens across 71 nations and territories of the Commonwealth.


The Queen’s Baton Relay 2010 Delhi has a unique design as practiced by every host country organising the Games. The Queen’s Baton Relay 2010 Delhi is a fusion of handcrafted elements interplayed with a precision engineered body, and ornamented with an intricate hand layered soil pattern. The design and shape of the baton is customised using a triangular section of aluminium twisted in the form of a helix and then coated with a diverse range of coloured soils collected from all corners of India.


The XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi is the first ever green games to be hosted. This is the biggest international multi-sport event to be conducted in India  so far. The games shall put Delhi and India on the world stage showcasing India’s expertise and organisational capabilities to host multi-sporting events in the future. The XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi shall emphasise on sports, culture and environment and promises to have a spectacular opening and closing ceremony showcasing all about Incredible India. It would also ensure that all heritage sites as well as sports venues showcase Indian culture and arts for all the visiting participants as well as the audience.


The XIX Commonwealth Games scheduled from 3-14 October 2010 will see 71 nations and territories of Commonwealth, participate to compete in the prestigious event. The 12 day multi-sport competition will have 17 sports to be played along with 4 Para-sports competitions. The Games shall also have 23 state of the art competition venues and 32 training venues giving access to 8000 athletes and team officials.