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Commonwealth games' queens baton set to arrive Sunday

09 January 2014, 19:38

Nairobi - The Queens Baton for the 2014 Commonwealth Games will touch down in Nairobi on Sunday on its continuing tour of Africa.

The Commonwealth Games equivalent of the Olympic torch started its African leg when it arrived in Freetown, Sierra Leone on Dec. 30.

Honorary legal advisor to the Commonwealth Games Federation, Sharad Rao, received it when it arrived.

Kenya's Head of State, President Uhuru Kenyatta, is expected to receive the baton upon touchdown in keeping with tradition to flag off its tour.

"On Monday, Jan. 13, the baton will be taken to the Karura Forest where children from several schools including children with disability will be given the opportunity to view the baton and run with it during its journey in the forest," tour organisers stated Thursday.

The chairman of Kenya's Olympic Committee, Kipchoge Keino added, "It is indeed an honor that Rao was chosen to receive the Baton when it arrived in Africa."

"He is the longest standing and most respected member of the Commonwealth Games Federation. I take over the baton from Sharad and travel through to Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania."

After Freetown, the baton travelled to Ghana where it was received by the Vice President of Ghana, then on to Abuja where it was received by the President of Nigeria.

The baton is now in Cameroon and was flagged off by Queen Elizabeth II on Oct. 9 to travel through all countries and territories of the Commonwealth over 288 days and covering 190,000 kilometres before concluding its journey at the opening of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on July 23.

The Baton contains a message from the Queen which she will read out at the opening of the Games.

Kenya excelled at the last Club Games in Delhi, India, where it topped Africa with 12 gold, 11 silver and nine bronze, her best ever performance.

Jason Dunford also became the first non-runner to bag the top medal when he won the men's 50m butterfly top medal with bronze medallist, Joshua Makonjio, the only other non-athlete to medal in Delhi 2010 squad.

- Xinhua


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