CS Amina flagging of the Commonwealth Queens Baton [Photo courtesy]

Kenya on Tuesday hosted the iconic Queens Baton Relay in Nairobi to create awareness of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The baton bearers included National Olympic Committee-Kenya President Paul Tergat, Paralympian Samson Ojuka, top 7s try scorer Collins Injera, weightlifter Winnie Langat and a student Nyawira Natasha.

 “It is fantastic to have the Baton arrive in Kenya today,” Olympics Kenya’s Male Athlete representative, Humphrey Kayange said.

“Its arrival signifies an exciting moment in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, and I’m really looking forward to the various visits and activities during its time here.”

The baton bearers were accompanied in the race, dubbed ‘Nairobi City Run’ by athletes from various sports including skaters, cyclists and wheelchair racers.

The relay that was flagged off at Uhuru Park and snaked its way until the Nairobi Arboretum, showcased the sights and sounds of Nairobi and promoted the themes of the Games in Kenya.

The baton bearers included National Olympic Committee-Kenya President Paul Tergat, Paralympian Samson Ojuka, top 7s try scorer Collins Injera, weightlifter Winnie Langat and a student Nyawira Natasha [Photo courtesy]

The baton bearers, who run across the nations the baton reaches, are always athletes who have either retired or still active from different federations.

The baton will also visit Ngong Hills, Kajiado County on Wednesday.

The baton will be in the country for three days, during which various activities have been planned to create awareness of the Birmingham championships.

The baton arrived in the country at the wee hours of Tuesday morning.

Kenya is the eighth destination the baton is reaching out of the 72 Commonwealth nations and territories it will be visiting as part of its journey to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The Games are set for July 28 to August 8 2022.

The Games are centred around the themes of sustainability, youth, inclusion and culture.

The Queen’s Baton Relay is a Games tradition that celebrates, connects and excites

communities from across Commonwealth during the build-up to the Games.

Birmingham 2022 is staging the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay – an epic journey

across the Commonwealth, with the baton visiting all 72 nations and

territories, reaching Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Caribbean and the Americas.

The relay began on October 7, 2021 at a special event at Buckingham Palace,

where Her Majesty The Queen placed Her message to the Commonwealth into

the Baton.

The Baton will travel for 294 days, visiting all 72 nations and territories and connecting

communities in every corner of the Commonwealth, embracing unique cultures and sharing stories.

This collective journey ignites hope, solidarity and collaboration for the next generation.

Commonwealth Games acts as a lifetime opportunity to put the city, the region, and its people on the global stage.

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 fantastic sports and cultural celebrations.

 

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

 

Nation / Territory Arrival date

1. Cyprus 9 October 2021

2. Malta 12 October 2021

3. Nigeria 16 October 2021

4. The Gambia 20 October 2021

5. Sierra Leone 23 October 2021

6. Ghana 26 October 2021

7. Cameroon 29 October 2021

8. Kenya 2 November 2021

9. Uganda 5 November 2021

10.Rwanda 10 November 2021

11.Tanzania 13 November 2021

12.Malawi 17 November 2021

13.Zambia 20 November 2021

14.Mozambique 23 November 2021

15.Mauritius 27 November 2021

16.Botswana 30 November 2021

17.St. Helena 5 December 2021

18.South Africa 8 December 2021

19.Namibia 14 December 2021

20.Eswatini 17 December 2021

21.Lesotho 20 December 2021

22.Seychelles 23 December 2021

23.Pakistan 27 December 2021

24.Maldives 1 January 2022

25.Sri Lanka 4 January 2022

26.Bangladesh 7 January 2022

27.India 12 January 2022

28.Singapore 17 January 2022

29.Malaysia 22 January 2022

30.Brunei 26 January 2022

31.Papua New Guinea 30 January 2022

32.Solomon Islands 2 February 2022

33.Nauru 5 February 2022

34.Fiji 13 February 2022

35.Samoa 16 February 2022

36.Tonga 19 February 2022

37.Vanuatu 22 February 2022

38.Kiribati 25 February 2022

39.Tuvalu 28 February 2022

40.Niue 3 March 2022

41.Cook Islands 6 March 2022

42.Norfolk Island 9 March 2022

43.New Zealand 12 March 2022

44.Australia 17 March 2022

45.Belize 23 March 2022

46.Guyana 26 March 2022

47.Grenada 30 March 2022

48.The Bahamas 3 April 2022

49.Turks & Caicos 7 April 2022

50.Cayman Islands 12 April 2022

51.Jamaica 15 April 2022

52.Trinidad & Tobago 19 April 2022

53.Barbados 23 April 2022

54.Montserrat 26 April 2022

55.Dominica 29 April 2022

56.British Virgin Islands 3 May 2022

57.St. Kitts & Nevis 6 May 2022

58.Anguilla 9 May 2022

59.Antigua & Barbuda 13 May 2022

60.St. Lucia 16 May 2022

61.St. Vincent & The Grenadines 19 May 2022

62.Bermuda 22 May 2022

63.Canada 26 May 2022

64.Gibraltar 31 May 2022

65.Falkland Islands 7 June 2022

66.Jersey 10 June 2022

67.Guernsey 13 June 2022

68.Isle of Man 16 June 2022

69.Scotland 18 June 2022

70.Northern Ireland 24 June 2022

71.Wales 29 June 2022

72.England 4 July 2022

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