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CWG Update: Queen's Baton receives rousing reception in Delhi

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The Queen's Baton for the XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi, today entered the host city, where it received a rousing state reception. The Baton entered the city from the Gurgaon border at National Highway 8, where the Haryana Olympic Association President Mr. P. V. Rathee handed the Baton over to Mr. Raj Chopra, President of the Delhi Olympic Association. From there, the Baton moved in convoy to the Organising Committee, Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi Headquarters in the heart of the city.

Here, the Baton was received by the Lt. Governor of Delhi, Mr. Tejinder Khanna, who then passed it over to the Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who in turn handed it over to Mr. Suresh Kalmadi, M.P. and Chairman, Organising Committee, Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi before being docked at its resting place.

Mr. Kalmadi welcomed the Baton and all the dignitaries and said, "It is indeed an honour that the Queen's Baton was received by the Lt. Governor and the Chief Minister. Give them a great hand as they have done a lot for the Games. Thanks to their efforts, the city of Delhi has gone 10 years ahead."

Mrs. Sheila Dikshit, said on the occasion, "Mr. Suresh Kalmadi needs a big bump and big thump for all his efforts. Now that the baton has arrived in Delhi, give it a big hand."

Mr. Khanna, during his address, said, "It is a great privilege for me as Lt. Governor to receive the Queen's Baton in Delhi. I am aware of the concerted and sustained efforts made by the Chief Minister and the heads of the other agencies to create the infrastructure for the Games."

The QBR commenced its over 1,90,000 Km journey at the Buckingham Palace in London on October 29, 2009 and moved on to visit 70 Commonwealth nations and territories across six regions of the globe. It entered India from Pakistan through the Wagah Border in Punjab on June 25, 2010 and travelled across the country undertaking a 100 day journey.

The Baton is in its 97th day today .Over the next two days, the Baton will visit some of Delhi's prominent locations including Vijay Chowk, India Gate, the Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Lotus Temple and Raj Ghat among others.