Queens Baton Relay starts international journey at Buckingham Palace

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October 7, 2013, OTTAWA, ON. (ISN) The Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay will be launched at Buckingham Palace on 9th October 2013 at 10:45 (BST), when the Head of the Commonwealth, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, will place Her message to the Commonwealth into the baton.

Over the following 288 days the baton will cover more than 190,000 kilometres averaging one to four days in each nation or territory. The first region the baton will be travel to will be Asia, from Asia the baton will travel onto Oceania, Africa, Americas (south), Caribbean, Americas (north) before returning to Europe. It will finish its journey at the Opening Ceremony of the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland on 23 July 2014. The full journey of the Queen’s Baton is available at: http://www.thecgf.com/qbr/ 

The Queens Baton Relay is one of the greatest traditions of the Commonwealth Games, having been the curtain-raiser to every Games since Cardiff 1958. The relay symbolises the gathering of people from across the Commonwealth at the four-yearly festival of sport and culture.

The XXth Commonwealth Games will be held in Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow, from July 23rd to August 3rd, 2014. This will be the third time Scotland has hosted the Commonwealth Games, having hosted in Edinburgh in 1970 and in 1986.

Canada ‘s Team will be comprised of 220 of the country’s best athletes, with the qualification process taking place from now until April 2014. Three team sports (men’s and women’s field hockey, rugby 7’s) have already qualified for the Games. Canada’s performance projection in 2014 is a top 3 ranking amongst all nations competing. The country finished the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India in 4th place.


Press Organisations wishing to send representatives to the Games are invited to express their interest using the form located on the Glasgow 2014 website http://www.glasgow2014.com/media-centre/press-operations. Deadline for registration is October 18th, 2013.


Commonwealth Games Canada (CGC) is the franchise holder for the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth movement in Canada, and an active, contributing member of the Canadian sport community. The mission of CGC is to strengthen sport within Canada and throughout the Commonwealth by participating in the Commonwealth Games and by using sport as a development tool. Visit www.commonwealthgames.ca for information.