The official unveiling of the Queen’s Baton Relay today launched the countdown to Delhi Commonwealth Games 2010. The Queen of England launched the Baton Relay in a glittering ceremony at the Buckingham Palace in London. Indian President Mrs Pratibha Patil received the baton from the queen.
Some of the prominent sports personalities featuring in the list of torch bearers included shooter Abhinav Bindra, boxing sensation Vijender Singh, wrestler Sushil Kumar, Milkha Singh, Kapil Dev, Dilip Tirkey and Karnam Malleswari. Sanskrit chants of Rig Veda were heard all through the procession.
The 19th Commonwealth Games 2010 are scheduled from October 2010 in New Delhi. With 72 nations and 17 Sports Disciplines, this is going to be one of the biggest Commonwealth Sporting events conducted ever. Although doubts have been raised on New Delhi’s preparedness, Delhi is confident of hosting the mega event successfully.