The International Sector Route for the Queen’s Baton Relay was unveiled today at Glasgow’s iconic Emirates Arena.
The relay, a unique element of the Commonwealth Games, will visit every nation and territory of the Commonwealth. From the plains of Africa to the gleaming skyscrapers of Singapore, from the tiny tropical islands of St Lucia and Dominica to Canada’s snow-capped mountains, the relay unites the two billion citizens of the Commonwealth in a celebration of sport, diversity and peace.
The baton, which will be created especially for Glasgow 2014, will begin its journey on 9 October at Buckingham Palace when Her Majesty The Queen will place Her message to the Commonwealth into the baton. From there, the baton will travel to Glasgow and begin its epic journey.
Upon its return to Scotland, the baton will visit communities across the country before arriving at its final destination – the Opening Ceremony.
“The Queen’s Baton Relay puts Glasgow and Scotland on a world stage, inviting international athletes of the Commonwealth to come to Glasgow to compete,” said Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport Shona Robison.
“The Queen’s Baton Relay is a thread linking Scotland to valuable economic, cultural and educational links with other countries before the Games – links we hope to build on during the Games and in the years to come.
“By visiting every nation and territory who will send a team, the Queen’s Baton Relay is a great example of why the Commonwealth Games are known as the ‘Friendly Games’ and we are sure that Glasgow 2014 can be the friendliest yet.”