Opening - Closing Ceremonies and Queen's Baton
The opening ceremony for 2010 commonwealth games is scheduled to take place at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi on 3rd October 2010.
The last day for games and prize distribution ceremonies will be 14th October. On 14th october 2010, Delhi will bid adieu to the Commonwealth Games with its closing ceremony.
Queen's Baton Relay
Similar to the concept of Olympic Torch, the Commonwealth Games has the Queen's Baton Relay. The relay traditionally begins from Buckingham palace, London and caries a message from the Head of the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth II. During the opening ceremony of the games, the final relay runner hands the baton back to the Queen or her representative, who then reads the message to official declare the opening of the Games.
The Baton for Delhi Games will begin in November 2009 from the Buckingham Palace, and will cover over 170,000 Kms in 236 days before reaching India. In India, it will tour for 100 days, over all its states, covering 20,000 Kms.
About the Baton
The baton for Delhi CWG was unveiled at India Gate, New Delhi on 8th March 2009. The baton's colour scheme has been chosen to show the soils from every corner of the country. The Queen's message placed inside it is engraved on to a miniature gold leaf. The 1,690 millimetre (mm) high Baton is 44mm at the base and 111mm at the top, weighs a mere 1,900 grams and has been ergonomically designed for ease of holding.
Technologically, the Baton has several advanced features:
- The ability to capture images and sound as it travels throughout all nations of the Commonwealth.
- The latest global positioning system (GPS) technology through which the exact location of the Baton can be tracked.
- Embedded light emitting diodes (LEDs) which will change into the colours of a country’s flag whilst in that country. and
- Text messaging capability so that anyone anywhere can send their messages of congratulations and encouragement to the Baton-bearers through the Relay.