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Ugandans embrace Commonwealth Games Baton

By Silvano Kibuuka

Added 28th March 2017 02:51 PM

The Baton is due to depart for Cameroon on Wednesday morning

Ugandans embrace Commonwealth Games Baton

The Baton is due to depart for Cameroon on Wednesday morning

Commonwealth Games Baton Laison officer Adam Best (back) joins the weightlifting fraternity at UOC offices at Lugogo. Photo by Silvano Kibuuka

Uganda's have embraced the Commonwealth Queens Baton that arrived in the country on Saturday.

The Baton will be traversing across the globe in a traditional relay as a precursor for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games due in Australia next year from 4th-15th April.

The Baton begun its journey on 13th March at Buckingham Palace when Queen Elizabeth II placed her message into the Baton to entrust it's journey with the many bearers around the Commonwealth.

According to organizers, the Baton will this time achieve two records where it will be the longest relay in the history of the games and the most accessible relay ever.

It will be traveling for 388 days throughout all nations and territories where it will spend between two and four days in each territory taking time to embrace every community it visits across Africa, America, Caribbean, Europe, Asia and Oceania.

The Baton will cover a distance of 230,000km and arrived in Uganda through Rwanda where it will proceed to Cameroon, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Seychelles, Mauritius, Malawi, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Swaziland, Lesotho, and South Africa before heading to St. Helena in the Atlantic.

 outh frican official am ideon  and the acting ustralian envoy to ganda eremy reen and  president illiam lick pose with the baton hoto by ilvano ibuuka South African official Sam Gideon (L) and the acting Australian envoy to Uganda Jeremy Green and UOC president William Blick pose with the baton. Photo by Silvano Kibuuka


Acting High Commissioner of Australia to Uganda, Jeremy Green, called on a high competition spirit at the games drawing comparisons to Uganda runner Joshua Cheptgei who despite running out of steam managed to cross the finishing line at the World Cross Country Championships at Kololo on Sunday.

"Uganda is lucky because there are already many fans in Australia. The good performance of the She Cranes team in the World Netball Cup captured many fans for Uganda," Green said.

The Baton relay was held at the Gems International School in Butabika on Sunday and was the sporting fraternity viewed it at the UOC head offices in Lugogo on Monday.

The Baton is due to depart for Cameroon on Wednesday morning.

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