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Queen’s Baton Relay excites sports fraternity

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NDALAMA—I am delighted that Malawi is a part of this extraordinary journey

With four days before the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay arrives in Malawi, sports officials have said they want to make the occasion a memorable one.

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 October 7 this year, when Queen Elizabeth placed her Message to the Commonwealth into the Baton and passed it to four-time Paralympics gold medallist and Team England athlete Kadeena Cox, who was the first of thousands of Baton bearers to carry the Baton.

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Malawi will become the twelfth destination of the baton out of the 72 Commonwealth nations and territories it will be visiting.

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

The British High Commission in Malawi indicates that, when it arrives in the country on November 16, there will be opportunities to showcase untold stories from Baton bearers, athletes and young people who are striving for change in their community.

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During its time in Malawi, the Queen’s Baton will visit Blantyre Mission, Mulanje and Thyolo, where it will be punctuated by traditional dances and sports activities.

The Queen’s Baton will be carried by Stern Liffa, who is a 100 metres sprinter in athletics.

Director of Sports Jameson Ndalama said Malawi was ready for its turn.

“I am delighted that Malawi is a part of this extraordinary journey. It’s a way to highlight and promote the beauty of Malawi to people across the Commonwealth,” he said.

“From Blantyre Civic Centre, the baton will tour HHI Blantyre Synod, Ndirande, Mbame, Mulanje, Thyolo, Bvumbwe and back to Blantyre. It is embarking on a journey of 294 days, from Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Caribbean and the Americas, spending between two and four days in each country and territory, covering approximately 90,000 miles.”

Malawi Commonwealth Games Association President Jappie Mhango was equally ecstatic.

“We are looking forward to celebrating the arrival of the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay in our community,” he said.

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 July 28 2022. This is a traditional and fundamental part of the Games and the opening ceremony, as the final Baton bearer, 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.

Malawi will take part in next year’s Commonwealth Olympic Games in boxing, netball, swimming, judo and athletics.

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