Nairobi hosts Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay
COMMONWEALTH GAMES: Kenya yesterday became the eighth destination to host the iconic Queen’s Baton Relay in Nairobi ahead of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The baton targets to reach out to the 72 Commonwealth nations and territories as part of its journey to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The baton carries a message from the Head of the Commonwealth, currently Queen Elizabeth II.
In Nairobi, the baton bearers included National Olympic Committee of Kenya President Paul Tergat, Paralympian Samson Ojuka, top rugby sevens try scorer Collins Injera, weightlifter Winnie Langat and 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, and I’m really looking forward to the various visits and activities during its time here,” said Kayange.
- Amos Abuga
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.
- Amos Abuga
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 is due to visit Ngong Hills, Kajiado County today.
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 Queen’s Baton Relay is a Games tradition that celebrates, connects and excites communities from across the Commonwealth during the build up to the Games.
The baton arrived in the country at the wee hours of Tuesday morning.
The Games are set for July 28 to August 8 2022.
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