The Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) announces that the Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) will visit the country from 18th to 22nd March, 2017 ahead of the 2018 XXI Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.
The QBR, which has been the traditional curtain-raiser to the Commonwealth Games since the 1958 Games in Cardiff, will be received by His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the Flagstaff House on Monday, 20th March.
Among the activities lined up for the QBR, there will be a parade through some principal streets in Accra, a durbar at the Black Star Square for school children, a visit to the Mfantsipim School and Holy Child School in Cape Coast.
The Baton will be accompanied by a six-member delegation including the President of the Commonwealth Games Federation, Madam Louise Livingstone Martin, and the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Regional Vice President for Africa Madam Miriam Zimba Moyo.
The Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) is a Games tradition that celebrates the Commonwealth’s diversity, inspires community pride and excites people about the world-class festival of sports and culture to come.
The Baton carries a message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II that calls the Commonwealth’s athletes to come together in peaceful and friendly competition.
The GC2018 Relay will be the longest and the most accessible ever, not just passing through, but spending quality time in each community it visits.
Below is the programme of activities for the QBR:
Monday, 20thMarch, 2017:
● Visit to the Flagstaff House
-Queen’s Baton to be presented to H.E. the President of Ghana
– Short Welcome Ceremony that will include speeches by H.E. The President, CGF President, Hon. Minister of Youth and Sports and the GOC President
● Parade through some streets in Accra
● Visit to a Medical Institution
-The Trust Hospital, Osu
● Durbar at the Black Star Square for school children
● Visit to the Roman Ridge School
Tuesday, 21stMarch, 2017
● Visit selected schools in Cape Coast
-Holy Child Senior High School
● Visit to the Elmina Castle
Wednesday, 22nd March, 2017:
● Departure of Queen’s Baton Relay Team