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NEW DELHI: The Queen’s Baton 2010 Delhi arrived in the capital today amidst much fanfare. Covering a distance in excess of 190,000 kilometres and spreading the message of XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi to one-third of the world’s population, the baton entered the Organising Committee Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi’s (OC CWG Delhi 2010) headquarters today, located in the heart of the host city, Delhi.
Renowned athlete Mr. Satpal (Dronacharya awardee) handed over the baton to the Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor of the National Capital Territory of Delhi (NCTD) Mr. Tejendra Khanna, who then handed it over to the Chief Minister of NCTD Mrs. Sheila Dikshit. The baton was then passed to the Chairman of the OC CWG Delhi 2010, Mr. Suresh Kalmadi, MP, who docked the baton.
Speaking on the occasion Mr. Khanna said, “It is my privilege to receive the baton. The Games are linked to the thousands’ year old Indian tradition of Vasudheva Kutumbhakam (the whole universe is a family) and Atithi Devobhava (guest is god)”.

Praising the Games Village, he said, “It is one of the finest Games Villages ever made for any Olympic Games or international sport event”.

Welcoming the baton, Delhi Chief Minister said, “The baton is here, formally the Games have arrived to Delhi. Around six to seven thousand athletes and coaches have arrived. We wish them a happy stay, many medals and a memorable journey”.
The Chief Minister wished everyone happy Commonwealth Games and happy days ahead.
The Chairman welcomed all dignitaries and media and said, “Delhi is all set for the Commonwealth Games. We have world-class facilities in the city including the new airport terminal, Metro, flyovers and stadiums. Tourists will now land in Delhi instead of Dubai or Singapore”.

“All 71 Commonwealth Games Associations have arrived in Delhi. They have preferred to stay in the Games Village instead of Hotels”, he said.
The Chairman thanked Delhiites for observing the Games specific traffic rules and appealed to continue to do so. Expressing the holistic nature of Delhi 2010 the Chairman said these Games do not belong to just one party. He thanked Former Prime Minister Mr. A. B. Vajpayee for his support.
Earlier a short film that showcased the baton’s journey across India was played. In its journey across the length and breadth of the country, the baton touched the lofty heights of the Himalayas; visited the shores of Lakshadweep; saw the ‘end of land’ at Kanniyakumari and travelled through the Thar Desert.

The film instilled a great sense of pride as all the attendees swayed to the background music of Delhi 2010’s theme song.
Later, the Chairman presented mementoes- a miniature baton- to all the distinguished guests including athletes, members of the GNCTD cabinet and other senior officials.