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Birmingham 2022: Queen’s Baton Relay continues its global journey

Leamington Editorial 28th Dec, 2021

The Queen’s Baton Relay has arrived in Karachi this week as it continues its global journey around the 72 Commonwealth nations and territories before concluding at the opening ceremony of the 2022 Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games on 28 July 2022.

A welcome ceremony was hosted yesterday by the Deputy British High Commission, Karachi to officially hand over the Queen’s Baton to the President of the Commonwealth Games Association.

The 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay is an epic journey covering the entirety of the Commonwealth as it will travel to all 72 nations and territories, covering a distance of 140,000 kilometres. For 269 days, the Baton will travel to Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Caribbean and the Americas, before it embarks on the final stretch of its journey across England for 25 days.

Whilst in Pakistan the Baton will be carried by Pakistani squash legend Jahangir Khan, and Muhammad Inam, World Beach Wrestling Champion and Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist.

British High Commissioner to Pakistan Christian Turner, said:

Birmingham, the baton’s final destination, has one of the largest Pakistani diaspora in the UK. With the 75th anniversary of our relations and the Commonwealth, this is another important milestone in UK-Pakistan relations.

The Baton Relay has been an essential part of the Commonwealth Games for over 60 years and celebrates communities from across the Commonwealth during the run up to the Games. It ignites hope, solidarity, and collaboration as it connects communities embracing unique cultures and inspires the next generation of sporting heroes.

The Commonwealth Games bring nations together in a colourful celebration of sport and human performance. But the Games have evolved dramatically since its beginnings in 1930. Held every four years, with a hiatus during World War II, the Games have grown from featuring 11 countries and 400 athletes, to a global spectacle of 6,600 sports men and women from across 72 nations and territories.

The Baton will eventually return home to Birmingham next summer, before completing its journey at the Opening Ceremony of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games on 28 July 2022.

The Games is already proving to be a catalyst for transformation across the West Midlands, attracting new investment and funding, creating jobs and apprenticeships for local people and new opportunities for local businesses, as well as accelerating projects that will ensure the region is ready to host a fantastic sports and cultural celebration.

Birmingham 2022 will welcome 4,500 athletes from 72 nations and territories for 11 days of spectacular sport, from 28 July – 8 August 2022.

Find out more at www.birmingham2022.com.

 

Full schedule of the Queen’s Baton Relay international route going forward:

Nation / Territory

Arrival date

Pakistan

27 December 2021

Maldives

1 January 2022

Sri Lanka

4 January 2022

Bangladesh

7 January 2022

India

12 January 2022

Singapore

17 January 2022

Malaysia

22 January 2022

Brunei

26 January 2022

Papua New Guinea

30 January 2022

Solomon Islands

2 February 2022

Nauru

5 February 2022

Fiji

13 February 2022

Samoa

16 February 2022

Tonga

19 February 2022

Vanuatu

22 February 2022

Kiribati

25 February 2022

Tuvalu

28 February 2022

Niue

3 March 2022

Cook Islands

6 March 2022

Norfolk Island

9 March 2022

New Zealand

12 March 2022

Australia

17 March 2022

Belize

23 March 2022

Guyana

26 March 2022

Grenada

30 March 2022

The Bahamas

3 April 2022

Turks & Caicos

7 April 2022

Cayman Islands

12 April 2022

Jamaica

15 April 2022

Trinidad & Tobago

19 April 2022

Barbados

23 April 2022

Montserrat

26 April 2022

Dominica

29 April 2022

British Virgin Islands

3 May 2022

St. Kitts & Nevis

6 May 2022

Anguilla

9 May 2022

Antigua & Barbuda

13 May 2022

St. Lucia

16 May 2022

St. Vincent & The Grenadines

19 May 2022

Bermuda

22 May 2022

Canada

26 May 2022

Gibraltar

31 May 2022

Falkland Islands

7 June 2022

Jersey

10 June 2022

Guernsey

13 June 2022

Isle of Man

16 June 2022

Scotland

18 June 2022

Northern Ireland

24 June 2022

Wales

29 June 2022

England

4 July 2022

 

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