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XX Commomwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay

Photo: UNICEF Ambassador – Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce 

 

The XX Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton will arrive in Jamaica on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 12:50 pm enroute from the BVI.

Photo: UNICEF Ambassador – Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce 

 

The XX Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton will arrive in Jamaica on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 12:50 pm enroute from the BVI.

 

In a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace on October 9, 2013. Her Majesty the Queen, placed her message into the iconic Baton to launch it on its way.

 

The Baton will travel to 70 countries & territories, covering a total of 190,000 km in 288 days.

 

The design and construction of the Baton embodies Glasgow & Scotland’s culture, history & innovation.   The design centers on the Queen’s message and the tradition of the Baton as the “symbolic invitation to Commonwealth nations & Territories to attend the Games.”

 

At the Opening ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on the 23 July 2014, the Baton will return to the Queen, who will remove the message and read it aloud, officially declaring the Games open.

 

The Jamaica Olympic Association has the responsibility of taking the Baton on a relay throughout Jamaica and plans are already advanced to ensure that Jamaica’s leg of this relay will be memorable. 

 

The Baton will be showcased in Jamaica by athletes from the eleven (11) sporting disciplines that we anticipate will represent Jamaica in the Glasgow Games , along with  school children and volunteers, conducting the relay legs throughout Jamaica.

 

The relay will start on arrival at the Airport with cyclists from the Jamaica Cycling Association taking the Baton to the Knutsford Court Hotel, where the members of the QBR team will be staying.

 

On Sunday, April 6, 2014, the Queen’s Baton will be presented to the Governor General, His Excellency, Sir Patrick Allen.

 

Along with the relay around Jamaica, one of the highlights will be a Cultural Concert in Emancipation Park on Sunday, April 6 , 2014 at 4:00 pm , where the Baton will be on display and patrons allowed to view and have  photo opportunities. This concert will also showcase our musical heritage along with Jamaica’s warm hospitality.

 

The Baton will travel the island over three (3) days and depart Kingston to the Cayman islands on April 11, 2014.

 

The Baton will be accompanied by four (4) representatives from the Commonwealth Games Federation and a three (3) member BBC crew who will be filming the visit and broadcasting to the other 69 Commonwealth territories.

 

A feature of this year’s QBR will be the involvement of UNICEF, who have partnered with the CGF to highlight the role of children throughout the Commonwealth. It is interesting to note that one of our Superstars, Ms. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is a UNICEF ambassador.

 

The arrangements for the QBR programme in Jamaica is being coordinated by a Committee chaired by Mr. Vishu Tolan , 1st Vice President of the JOA.

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