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Olympic medalist Rajyavardhan Rathore welcomes the baton in Jaipur

JAIPUR, 23 September 2010: The Queen’s Baton Relay reached the city of Jaipur on Wednesday. Chief Minister of Rajasthan Mr. Ashok Gehlot formally flagged off the relay, handing over the Queen’s Baton 2010 Delhi to Olympic silver medalist and double-trap shooter Colonel Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.

Earlier in the, the baton received a splendid welcome at Bharatpur, entering the state of Rajasthan from Mathura. The much-anticipated event lived up to its expectations in the city, as the baton arrived at Ghat-Ki-Ghuni. A light drizzle and overcast conditions could not dampen the mood as students lined up the path holding national flags and showering floral tributes.


In Jaipur, the relay initiated from the Amar Jawan Jyoti. Rathore became the first Batonbearer of the day. Arjuna Awardees Mr. Gopal Saini, Mr. Kuldeep Singh Garcha, Mr. Shriram Singh and Mr. Suredra Kataria took turns to carry the baton further.  


The people of Jaipur were enthralled on seeing the relay pass through the Walled City. 


The relay culminated at the iconic city landmark Hawa Mahal after passing through Sanganeri Gate and Chotti Chaupad. It was followed by a cultural programme  organised at Jawahar Kala Kendra.