Queen's Baton to arrive in Namibia on Tuesday

27 Jan 2014 14:50pm
WINDHOEK, 27 JAN (NAMPA) - The Queen's Baton will pass through Namibia on Tuesday on the way to this year's 20th Commonwealth Games in Scotland.
A media statement issued by the British High Commission in Windhoek on Monday said the Queen's Baton is coming from Zambia, and is set to leave Namibia on Wednesday for Botswana before travelling onwards to arrive at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
These Games will take place in Glasgow from 23 July to 03 August.
The baton contains a message by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and will be accompanied in Namibia by a team from the Commonwealth Games’ Federation.
A television crew from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) will also broadcast highlights of the event in Namibia to destinations all over the world.
The British High Commissioner to Namibia, Marianne Young, was quoted in the statement as saying that she is delighted about the event.
“I am delighted that the baton is passing through Namibia on the way to what is set to be a fantastic set of Games celebrating sporting excellence in Scotland. Its arrival highlights Namibia’s commitment to the Commonwealth and to the values of the Commonwealth Games, which are integrity, responsibility, endeavour, trust and openness,” she noted.
Young then commended the Namibian Government, the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) and the Namibian National Olympic Committee (NNOC) for their hard work, support and preparations for hosting the Queen’s Baton during its time in Namibia.
Sports materials will also be donated by the British High Commission to local non-governmental organisation (NGO) Physically Active Youth in Katutura on Wednesday.
They are valued at over N.dollars 12 000, and will support the roll-out of the Physically Active Youth body’s activities nationwide.
The Commonwealth Games are an international, multi-sport event involving 71 teams of athletes from the Commonwealth.
They will feature 17 sports in 11 days of competition, with 261 medal events on show.
It will play host to 4 500 athletes.
(NAMPA)
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