January 03, 2022: Today, January 03, 2022, the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay arrives in Sri Lanka, reaching the 25th destination out of the 72 Commonwealth nations and territories that it will be visiting.
Arriving from The Maldives the Baton officially touches down at Bandaranaike International Airport, Colombo at 11.40 a.m.
The Queen’s Baton, which carries a message from Her Majesty The Queen, arrives in Sri Lanka as part of its journey to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, which will be held in England from 28 July until 8 August 2022.
The Queen’s Baton is in Sri Lanka for three days and during its time here, it will be carried by Batonbearers, including current and legendary athletes, and will visit Colombo, Kandy and Hatton and experience the Victoria Dam, a Tea Factory, and The Ceylon School for the deaf and blind.
President of Commonwealth Games Association of Sri Lanka, Mr. Suresh Subramainam said: “It is fantastic to have the Baton arrive in Sri Lanka today. Its arrival signifies an exciting moment in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, and I’m really looking forward to the various visits and activities during its time here.”
The Queen’s Baton will be carried at the airport by Chinthana Vithanage and Dinusha Hansani Gomes, who have won medals at the Commonwealth Games.
The Queen’s Baton Relay will visit the following:
- CGA Sri Lanka Headquarters, Colombo
- British High Commission, Colombo
- Victoria Dam, Kandy
- Ranabima Royal College, Kandy
- Kirkoswald Tea Factory, Hatton
- The Ceylon School for the deaf and blind, Ratmalana