March 15, 2017 By Sahr Morris Jnr
Sierra Leone is set to welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) today March 15, ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia next year.
The baton set to visit over 10 places will stay in Freetown for 72 hours, and according to the National Olympic Committee organising committee, a brief welcome ceremony will take place on arrival at the Lungi Airport to precede the visit that will start in Aberdeen.
State House, Fourah Bay College, Choithram hospital and principal streets in Freetown are some of the selected places the Baton will travel and over 200 people are expected to have a feel of it.
Last Monday, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth launched the Queen’s Baton Relay in London as part of the build up to the start of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia’s Gold Coast.
At a ceremony staged in Buckingham Palace, the Queen, as before, handed over the baton, carrying a message to former Australian cyclist, Anna Meares, who became the first carrier of the this year’s journey to the Games site on the Gold Coast.
The Queen’s Baton Relay 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 Queen’s Baton carries a message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II that calls the Commonwealth’s athletes to come together in peaceful and friendly competition and 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.