Commonwealth Games: Queen’s Baton arrives Monday

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The Queens Baton for the 2014 Commonwealth Games is scheduled to arrive Abuja tomorrow and would be received by officials of the Nigerian Olympic Committee and members of the 2014 Commonwealth Games Queens Baton Relay Committee.

The Baton is usually taken across all Commonwealth Countries to signify the commencement of preparations of the Commonwealth Games.

It’s last point of call before arriving Nigeria was Ghana where it was paraded in Accra and Kumasi. According to the Itinerary released by the organizing Committee, the Director General National Sports Commission Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye will receive the Baton in company of diplomats from Commonwealth countries accredited to Nigeria.

Thereafter the Motorcade will proceed to the Presidential Villa where the Baton will be handed to the Hon. Minister/Chairman, National Sports Commission, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi who will then present the Baton to the President Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR.
The event is expected to climax at State house with remarks from the President after which he will hand it over to the Hon. Minister of the Federal Capital Territory FCT for a procession through the Federal Capital Territory.

The seven member Queen Baton bearers led by Sharad Rao Commonwealth Games Federation representative is billed to depart Nigeria on Wednesday January 8, 2014.

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