Queen's Baton to pass through Windhoek

18 Apr 2017 16:30pm
WINDHOEK, 18 APR (NAMPA) – Namibia is readying itself to host the Queen's Baton, which is expected to arrive in the country on 27 April from Zambia.
The Queen's Baton Relay is a world tour that is held in the form of a relay and symbolises the coming together of all Commonwealth nations in preparation for the quadrennial festival of sport and culture.
The 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held in Queensland, Australia from 04 to 15 April.
Speaking at a media conference here on Tuesday, Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC) Secretary-General Joan Smit said children from all 14 regions of Namibia will participate in the relay.
“Namibia will be amongst 70 Commonwealth nations across the world that will share in the excitement of the Games with millions of people around the world,” she said.
During the baton's two-day stay here, a gala dinner will be held to raise funds for a youth team that will compete at the Youth Commonwealth Games to be held in the Bahamas from 18 to 23 July 2017.
The baton will be paraded through a relay by different athletes representing multiple sport codes.
The relay will start at the United Nations House in Klein Windhoek, travel through Parliament Gardens, the Windhoek Mayor's office and form part of the National Schools’ Athletics Championships before ending off its first day at the Windhoek Central Hospital.
The baton will also visit the Grove Mall and the N/a’ankuse San Bushmen Sanctuary on 29 April 2017.
From Namibia it heads to Botswana.