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Warm Welcome for Queens’s baton in Sri Lanka

 Warm Welcome for Queens’s baton in Sri Lanka


By Hishan Welmilla.Queens Baton which carries the message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for the opening of the Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast has received a ward Sri Lankan Style welcome today  (12) when it reached here from Bangladesh

Commonwealth Games Association of Sri Lanka (CGASL)/ National Olympic Committee (NOCSL)/ in collaboration with the Ministry of Sports have organized enormous events to welcome the Queens Baton to Sri Lanka. 


After Welcoming of the baton and the delegation at the VIP longue of the airport by a traditional dance the batton was officially handed over to the Australian High Commissioner Bryce Hutchesson and who in return handed over same to the Regional Vice President Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) and Commonwealth Games Association (CGA) -Sri Lanka President  Hemasiri Fernando.  Then it was officially handed over to the Minister of Sports Dayasiri Jayasekara by CGA President –Sri Lanka.


Then the baton was escorted with traditional dancers to the exit of the airport and was taken to the Kingsbury hotel premises where it received another traditional welcome. The baton then escorted to the President’s house with a another traditional dance pageant which included an elephant. The baton was welcome by the President Maithripala Sirisena and will host the delegation for a dinner.


 Subsequent to the official welcome of the 'Queen’s Baton Relay' in Colombo by President Maitripala Siriseana the Queen’s Baton will be brought to the ancient city of Galle of Southern Province in 'Viceroy Special', the 75-year-old steam locomotive special passenger train today (October 13)


The Sports Ministry and National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka jointly organize the event which will be held under the patronage of Southern Province Chief Minister Shan Wijayalal De Silva. The Viceroy Special with Commonwealth Games delegates of the Queen’s Baton Relay on board will leave Colombo Fort station at 1. pm in the afternoon.  It make its first stay at Amabalanagoda railway station then stop at Hikkaduwa where it will be accorded a welcome by the students and teachers of Ambalangoda and Hikkaduwa schools.


The Queen’s Baton Relay following its reception at Galle railway station will parade through the streets of Galle city..Finally it will reach at Hall De Galle in Galle Fort which is a renowned World Heritage Site where a special gathering will be held.


There will be a special programme of UNICEF in collaboration with Minister of Sports and Commonwealth Games Association, Sri Lanka on Saturday (October 14) at the Royal College Colombo. Then the baton will reach the Australian High Commission in the evening and a special function will be held at the High commission premises followed by a cultural function at the independence square .


The Queen’s Baton Relay will leave Sri Lanka for Malaysia on October 16

Posted on 2017-10-12 15:31:18
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