Saturday, December 19, 2009

Lagos Received Queen’s Baton

THE Lagos State Government will on Sunday receive the Queen's Baton ahead of the 2010 Commonwealth Games to be hosted by India.

The baton arrived Abuja on Friday will be received at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos, by the Commissioner for Youth, Sports and Social Development, Prince Ademola Adeniji-Adele, at about 12 noon and thereafter the baton will be presented to Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola at the State House.

The Queen's Baton will then be taken around the city of Lagos.

The Baton relay is one of the great traditions of the Commonwealth Games which symbolizes the gathering of people from across the Commonwealth.

The Baton relays have been the curtain raiser to every Commonwealth Games since Cardiff, Wales Games in 1958.

The Queen's baton has been used in uniting the Commonwealth of Nations.

The baton which started his journey from Buckingham Palace on October 29, will climax in Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium where the opening ceremony of the 2010 Games will be held.

The baton arrived Nigeria from Ghana has visited about 70 countries that make-up the Commonwealth of Nations for about 240 days.

The baton bearer will hand over to Her Majesty where the Queen's message that was placed in the baton some 11 month ago will be removed and read aloud thus officially declaring the games open.