- Queen’s Baton of 22nd Commonwealth Games reached Odisha on Friday
- Mashal to visit Puri and Konark on Saturday
- The Queen’s Baton Relay opened on 7 October at Buckingham Palace
Queen’s baton (torch) of the 22nd Commonwealth Games to be held in Birmingham this year reached Odisha on Friday. This torch will be kept in Bhubaneswar at night. On Saturday, it will visit Puri and Konark, where it will be welcomed by district dignitaries and senior officials. It will then return to Bhubaneswar for a symbolic relay at the Kalinga Stadium where eminent sportspersons from the state will be present.
The President of ‘Odisha Hockey Promotion Council’, Dilip Tirkey along with officials of Sports and Youth Services Department welcomed the torch here. Eminent sportsperson of the state Anuradha Biswal and Tribute Samantre were also present to welcome it. Tirkey said, “This is an important and historic occasion for us. It is a great honor for Odisha to receive the Queen’s Baton before the start of Commonwealth Games 2022 and be a part of its journey.
The Queen’s Baton Relay began on 7 October at Buckingham Palace (UK). It is to travel to 72 countries on a tour of 294 days. It reached the national capital Delhi on 12 January. The torch is accompanied by a message from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II. The Birmingham Commonwealth Games will be held from 28 July to 8 August. The torch will leave for Singapore on January 16.