CW GAMES WATCH: baton Relay Arrival Marked With Festive Spirit

National flags of 16 countries hoisted at the Games Village - best of luck to all, especially India and all Indians ?!! (HN Files)

CW GAMES WATCH: baton Relay Arrival Marked With Festive Spirit

The CWG Baton arrives in New Delhi - going to be an honour or and embarrassment, lets see ?!! (PTI)

FROM THE ASIAN AGE
BY ASIAN AGE CORRESPONDENT

DELHI – Oct 01st, 2010: The Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) arrived in the city on Thursday setting the tempo for the opening of the Games three days ago. While the arrival was marked by festive spirit, Delhi mayor P.R. Sawhney did not attend the functioning at the organising committee headquarters. Lieute-nant Governor Tejendra Khanna also gave Delhi a thumbs up saying the city can even host Olympic.

The QBR reached Delhi border on the National Highway No. 8 from Gurgaon where Delhi’s education and sports minister Arvinder Singh Lovely received the baton from former hockey captain Ajit Pal Singh. The baton was straight away taken to the organising committee headquarters on Jaswant Singh Road. The baton was then presented to Mr Khanna by Dronacharya awardee Satpal. It was then presented to Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Khanna said, “The Games Village that we have is the finest ever and is ready to host Olympics or any other multi-discipline world class meet.” “They have told me that we should bid for Olympics now,” he said. The L-G dismissed controversies as superficial aspects being highlighted. “Having seen the Games village myself, I am giving a thumbs-up,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Sawhney stayed away from the function as he was not invited. Other BJP leaders from the MCD also stayed away in protest. The mayor apparently was not happy on being neglected for the important function.

“He is not a BJP mayor but the mayor of the city and everywhere in the world it is the mayor who receives the baton,” said Mr Arya.

The baton will be taken to India Gate, Teen Murti Bhawan, Qutab Minar, Gurudwara Rakab Ganj, Games Village and, finally, the QBR will culminate its journey at the opening ceremony at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on October 3.

Queen’s Baton Relay journeys across Delhi

Article courtesy- India Today

NEW DELHI, 1 October 2010: The Queen’s Baton 2010 Delhi is being taken around the city in the final lap of its magnificent journey across the country, reports India Today.

The Queen’s Baton Relay 2010 Delhi started in the city from Vijay Chowk at 7 am today and reached India Gate. Earlier, the baton was given a rousing welcome as it reached Organising Committee Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi’s headquarters on Thursday.

The baton will be later put on display at Teen Murti Bhawan, Qutub Minar and Lotus Temple from where it will travel to the Delhi Secretariat.

On Saturday, the baton will be taken to Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Sahib where it will be kept for 20 minutes for visitors. Thereafter, the baton will travel to St. Columba’s Cathedral and also visit the Rail Museum in Chankyapuri en route to the Games Village.

The Queen’s Baton will reach Games Village at 10.55 am where it will be on display for 45 minutes. It will then be taken on a trip to city landmarks like Akshardham Temple, Rajghat, Red Fort and Jama Masjid. The journey will conclude at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, where the Games opening ceremony takes place on Sunday.

National flags of 16 countries hoisted at the Games Village

16 competing nations delegates at the Delhi CWG - proud to be in India with a common heritage ?!! (CWG Org)

From CWG Org

NEW DELHI, 1 October 2010: The National flags of the contingents from 16 countries – Falkland Islands, St. Lucia, Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, St. Helena, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Gambia, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey, Guernsey, Jamaica, Bermuda and Uganda were hoisted amidst song, dance and celebrations during the ongoing team welcome ceremonies at the Commonwealth Games Village on 30 September.

The contingents were welcomed by Village Mayor, Dalbir Singh, the Games mascot Shera and volunteers. The delegates were presented with a traditional Indian stole (Angavastra) on the occasion. The contingents were headed by their respective Chefs de Mission.

The National flags were raised by volunteers from the National Cadet Corps (NCC) while their National Anthems were rendered. As a souvenir of the beautiful journey of the Queens Baton Relay 2010 Delhi, replicas of the baton were presented to the contingents.

Students from various schools from the city, prominent among them were Montfort & Red Roses Public School, were given an opportunity to visit the Games Village along with their teachers and they also performed live for the delegates.

The delegations were extremely impressed with the collage of musical styles and dances displayed by the children, who were also cheered on by a large contingent of volunteers and other Games Village staff.

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