Queen’s Baton arrives in India

Rio Paralympics silver medallist Deepa Malik was the first Indian to hold the baton for the Gold Coast Games which will get underway on April 4, next year.

Deepa Malilk with the Queen's Baton in New Delhi on Tuesday.   -  Anjana Senthil

With 182 days left for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, the Queen’s Baton arrived in New Delhi for the India leg of relay on Tuesday.

Rio Paralympics silver medallist Deepa Malik was the first Indian to hold the baton for the Gold Coast Games which will get underway on April 4, next year.

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The baton, designed like a loop and emanating bright light of different hues that resemble the Gold Coast, will makes its first official outing in India at the Taj Mahal on Wednesday. The baton will then be taken to Uttarakhand where it will be on display on October 5 and 6.

The Baton will return to Delhi for a relay ceremony on October 8 (Sunday) after which it will be taken to Bangladesh.

The Baton has completed its journey in Africa, Caribbean, America and Europe. The Asia tour will be the second last leg of the journey, with the baton carrying Queen’s message moving to the Oceania region before beginning its Australia tour on Dec.24. Around 70 countries will feature in the 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games.