Peiris the Lankan hope in swimming


The countdown is on, as in just five days, the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay will arrive in Sri Lanka; the 25th destination out of the 72 Commonwealth nations and territories that it will be visiting.

On January 3, 2022, President of CGA Sri Lanka - Mr. Suresh Subramaniam and other dignitaries from the Ministry of Sports and British High Commission will officially welcome the Baton at the Bandaranaike International Airport. The Queen’s Baton will be carried at the airport by Chinthana Vithanage and Dinusha Hansani Gomes, who have won the medals at the Commonwealth Games.

A busy schedule of activities and events are planned for the Queen’s Baton Relay, with opportunities to showcase untold stories from Batonbearers, athletes, and young people who are striving for change in their community.

During it’s time in Sri Lanka the Queen’s Baton Relay will visit Colombo, Kandy and travel up to Hatton.

The Queen’s Baton will arrive here having previously visited The Maldives.

Since its inaugural appearance at the Cardiff 1958 Commonwealth Games, the Queen’s Baton Relay has been a tradition at the Commonwealth Games.

The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay started at Buckingham Palace on 7 October 2021, when Her Majesty The Queen placed Her Message to the Commonwealth into the Baton and passed it to four-time Paralympic gold medallist and Team England athlete Kadeena Cox, who had the honour of being the first of thousands of Batonbearers to carry the Baton.

The President of CGA Sri Lanka - Mr. Suresh Subramaniam said “I am delighted that Sri Lanka is a part of this extraordinary journey. It’s a way to highlight and promote the beauty of Sri Lanka to people across the Commonwealth.”

The CGA Sri Lanka’s Secretary General Mr. Maxwell de Silva has said “We are looking forward to celebrating the arrival of the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay in our community and are well on track with our planning for the occasion. Everyone here is excited to get involved with the festivities and to cheer on the Batonbearers.”

Commenting on the occasion, Maarya Rehman, Country Director, British Council stated, “The British Council has worked in countries across the Commonwealth for decades, supporting the UK’s sectors and international ambitions by building connections through arts and culture, education and the English language.

Our on-the-ground expertise, knowledge and networks with young leaders, education professionals, researchers, artists, leaders and policymakers enable us to provide a unique cultural relations contribution. The 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham provides a unique opportunity to build sports, arts, and citizenship connections throughout the education sector between the host city and country and the geographies of the Commonwealth. Through our Commonwealth Connection global program, the British Council Sri Lanka, provides educational opportunities for young people in schools to learn together and develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of the Commonwealth and its values, thus allowing young people to feel more ownership and ability to shape their communities.

The project will use school twinning as an approach that enables peer-to-peer exchange of knowledge and experience, through which schools collaborate for shared learning and mutual enrichment. The project has 6 schools in the Central Province in Sri Lanka twinning with 6 schools in the West Midlands. An estimated 500+ students in these schools are directly reached through this project. We are delighted to support the local hosting body of the GoSL, CGA Sri Lanka for a successful celebration”.

The British High Commission stated – “We look forward to welcoming the Baton here in Sri Lanka! Find out more about the Queen’s Baton Relay and the journey around the Commonwealth here. This epic journey across the Commonwealth represents hope, solidarity and collaboration for the next generation, and is connecting communities in every corner of the Commonwealth, embracing unique cultures and sharing stories.”

The 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay is an epic journey covering the entirety of the Commonwealth as it will travel to all 72 nations and territories, covering a distance of 140,000 kilometres. For 269 days, the Baton will travel to Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Caribbean and the Americas, before it embarks on the final stretch of its journey across England for 25 days.

The Queen’s Baton Relay will complete its journey at the Opening Ceremony of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games on 28 July 2022. This is a traditional and fundamental part of the Games and the Opening Ceremony, as the final Batonbearer will pass the Baton back to The Queen. The Queen’s message to the Commonwealth will then be removed from the Baton and read aloud, marking the official start of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

For further information about the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay visit:


About the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay

The Queen’s Baton Relay is a Games tradition that celebrates, connects and excites communities from across Commonwealth during the build up to the Games.

Birmingham 2022 is staging the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay – an epic journey across the Commonwealth, with The Queen’s Baton visiting all 72 nations and territories, reaching Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Caribbean and the Americas.

The Relay will begin on 7 October 2021 at a special event at Buckingham Palace, where Her Majesty The Queen will place Her message to the Commonwealth into the Baton.

The Baton will travel for 294 days, visiting all 72 nations and territories and connecting communities in every corner of the Commonwealth, embracing unique cultures and sharing stories. 

This collective journey will ignite hope, solidarity and collaboration for the next generation, with these stories leaving us all inspired to take on the challenges that matter most to us. 

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About the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games   

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, which will be held from 28 July until 8 August 2022, will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to put the city, the region, and its people on the global stage.      

The Games is already proving to be a catalyst for transformation across the West Midlands, attracting new investment and funding, creating jobs and apprenticeships for local people and new opportunities for local businesses, as well as accelerating projects that will ensure the region is ready to host a fantastic sports and cultural celebration.      

Birmingham 2022 will be the Games for everyone, bringing people together from across Birmingham and the region, to provide a warm welcome to millions of visitors during the summer of 2022.    

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Full schedule of the Queen’s Baton Relay international route:


                      Nation / Territory

        Arrival date


9 October 2021


12 October 2021


16 October 2021

 The Gambia

20 October 2021

 Sierra Leone

23 October 2021


26 October 2021


29 October 2021


2 November 2021


5 November 2021


10 November 2021


13 November 2021


17 November 2021


20 November 2021


23 November 2021


27 November 2021


30 November 2021

 St. Helena

5 December 2021

 South Africa

8 December 2021


14 December 2021


17 December 2021


20 December 2021


23 December 2021


27 December 2021


1 January 2022

 Sri Lanka

4 January 2022


7 January 2022


12 January 2022


17 January 2022


22 January 2022


26 January 2022

 Papua New Guinea

30 January 2022

 Solomon Islands

2 February 2022


5 February 2022


13 February 2022


16 February 2022


19 February 2022


22 February 2022


25 February 2022


28 February 2022


3 March 2022

 Cook Islands

6 March 2022

 Norfolk Island

9 March 2022

 New Zealand

12 March 2022


17 March 2022


23 March 2022


26 March 2022


30 March 2022

 The Bahamas

3 April 2022

 Turks & Caicos

7 April 2022

 Cayman Islands

12 April 2022


15 April 2022

 Trinidad & Tobago

19 April 2022


23 April 2022


26 April 2022


29 April 2022

 British Virgin Islands

3 May 2022

 St. Kitts & Nevis

6 May 2022


9 May 2022

 Antigua & Barbuda

13 May 2022

 St. Lucia

16 May 2022

 St. Vincent & The Grenadines

19 May 2022


22 May 2022


26 May 2022


31 May 2022

 Falkland Islands

7 June 2022


10 June 2022


13 June 2022

 Isle of Man

16 June 2022


18 June 2022

 Northern Ireland

24 June 2022


29 June 2022


4 July 2022