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THE QUEEN BATON RELAY COMPLETES VISIT TO SRI LANKA

The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay has completed its visit to Sri Lanka the 25th destination out of the 72 Commonwealth nations and territories it will be visiting.

The Baton arrived on January 3, 2022 and was officially welcomed by Her Excellency Sarah Hulton OBE, British High Commissioner and Mr. Suresh Subramaniam – the President of CGA Sri Lanka before spending three days touring the country.

During its time in Sri Lanka, the Queen’s Baton Relay and CGA Sri Lanka took part in numerous activities and festivities, including a special visit to Colombo, Kandy and Hatton. Chinthana Vithanage and Dinusha Hansani Gomes, who have won the medals at the Commonwealth Games, had the honour of being the first Batonbearer in Sri Lanka to hold the Baton.

The Baton also paid a visit to Kirkoswald Tea estate in Hatton to honour the tea industry in Sri Lanka.

In Colombo, The Queen’s Baton Relay celebrated with many sport activities around the Independence square.

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

Mr. Suresh Subramaniam, the President of CGA Sri Lanka said “I am filled with pride that Sri Lanka had the opportunity to host the Queen’s Baton Relay and be part of this momentous journey. Not only did it give us the opportunity to celebrate the spirit of Sri Lanka but it represents the coming together of communities across the whole of the Commonwealth.”

The Secretary General of CGA Sri Lanka Mr. Maxwell de Silva said “We have relished in the opportunity to commemorate our community’s part in the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay. Everyone here has had a great time taking part in all the activities and supporting our local champions, as they represent Sri Lanka as Batonbearers.”

It has taken to Bangaladesh by Mr. Chandana Liyanage - the Baton Manager for Sri Lanka’s Leg to continue in its tradition of touring the Commonwealth in the build-up to Birmingham 2022.

Commenting on the Queen’s Baton Relay celebrations, Maarya Rehman, Country Director British Council Sri Lanka said: ‘We feel honoured to have been part of the Queen’s Baton Relay in Sri Lanka as it is on its epic 294-day journey around the world, through 72 nations and territories. The British Council has worked with schools in Sri Lanka for many years and we are delighted to have been involved in the 2022 Games by linking up six schools in the UK and Sri Lanka so that young people from around the world can learn from each other and develop a deeper understanding of the Commonwealth and its values – which include a commitment to democracy, protecting the environment, and investing in opportunities for young people. The Commonwealth Connections global program is a joint project with the Birmingham Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, twinning 60 schools in the West Midlands with 60 schools across the Commonwealth.’

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:
www.birmingham2022.com/qbr

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NOTES TO EDITORS

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. 

For more information, visit birmingham2022.com/qbr

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.    

Find out more at www.birmingham2022.com 

THE QUEEN BATON RELAY COMPLETES VISIT TO SRI LANKA