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Queen's Baton Relay 2010 Delhi’s Tamil Nadu schedule finalised

CHENNAI The XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi to be held in the capital from 3 - 14 October 2010 is less than six months away and a prelude to the biggest sporting event that India has ever hosted, since the 1982 Asian Games, is the ‘Queen's Baton Relay 2010 Delhi' that traverses through all the 71 nations and territories of the Commonwealth before reaching the venue of the Games Opening Ceremony.


Leading English daily The Hindu reported that the specially made baton which is being carried around by over 5000 runners through various countries will arrive into India via the Wagah border on 25 June 2010.


Launched on 29 October 2009, the baton is presently in the Solomon Islands in Oceania after having completed its journey through Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and the Americas.


Lt. Gen. (R) Raj Kadyan, Additional Director-General, Queen's Baton Relay, Organising Committee Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi, said the baton would traverse the length and breadth of the country before returning in time for the inauguration of the Games in New Delhi in October.


The baton will reach Chennai on August 18 before travelling to Thanjavur, Rameshwaram, Madurai and Kanyakumari between 22 – 26 August. Then it moves to the Andamans. On its return from the Islands on August 30 the baton will travel to Coimbatore and Udhagamandalam and then to Kerala on 1 September.


He said that in each State the sports celebrities from there and also other icons as listed by the local authorities would join the relay.


Gen. Kadyan said the relay was in keeping with the theme of ‘Green Games' and thereby encouraged each State where the baton visits to take steps to plant a minimum of 10,000 saplings. Then again the relay would prove an ideal forum for each State to present its cultural heritage.


Earlier, Ms. Priya Singh Paul, Additional Director-General, Communications, gave an overview of the Games through a power-point presentation and clearly the message was that the Indian capital was all geared up to take up this massive venture.


She and Gen. Kadyan had earlier in the day held discussions with the State Chief Secretary, K.S. Sripathi, on the various steps to be taken for Tamil Nadu phase of the relay. “The State is well prepared” was the assurance given.