RWANDA will not host the Queens Baton relay despite being admitted to the Commonwealth of Nations last month.
The relay is going around the world in promotion of next year’s Commonwealth Games due in New Delhi, India.
Arriving from Tanzania on December 30th, the Queens Baton will make a grand entry into Uganda on its tour of the Commonwealth family. The Queens Baton Relay is one of the traditions of the Commonwealth Games.
The baton left Buckingham Palace in November for a trip to the Commonwealth member states, and will make the final stop at the Games where the Queen’s message will be read at the opening ceremony.
Following a request from the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) urging local Olympic body, RNOC to join the commonwealth family, the country is looking forward to make an official application to join the CGF before the end of this month.
According to CGF president, Michael Fennell O.J, Rwanda will be drafted into next year’s Commonwealth Games slated for October 3-14 in Delhi, India if they make a formal application.
Commonwealth Games is a multinational, multi-sport event. Held every four years, it involves elite athletes from Commonwealth nations.
A green light for Rwanda will make them the 72nd nation on the plane to India’s capital.
The Queen’s Baton will travel through all the Commonwealth countries until it lands in India where it will spend 100 days touring the 28 states before the start of the Games in New Delhi next October.