Commonwealth baton moves through Guyana

Commonwealth baton moves through Guyana

Guyana is the latest stop for the Queen’s Baton relay. The baton which arrived earlier today in the country, and which since has made its way around Georgetown, will spend two days in the country, travelling to Berbice and Lethem.

The baton relay in Guyana began on Main Street, where this morning Head of State Donald Ramotar, received the baton at State House and accompanied by First Lady Deolatchmee Ramotar, and their daughter Lisa Ramotar ran with it, up to the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport, where it was passed on to Culture Youth and Sport Minister Dr. Frank Anthony.

At the end of his journey, President Ramotar expressed hope that the exercise would give the local athletes some encouragement that would translate into them winning medals at the Commonwealth Games which will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom over 11 days of competition from July 23 to August 3, 2014.

Prime Minister, Samuel Hinds also received the baton,  handed over to him in front of the Umana Yana, Kingston, after which he ran with it to the Canadian Embassy and then passed it on to a representative of the said facility.

Among others receiving the baton and participating in the baton relay were Minister of Education Priya Manickchand, Speaker of the National Assembly, Raphael Trotman and Opposition Leader David Granger.

The Queen’s Baton relay has been the Commonwealth Games’ curtain raiser since 1958. As part of the relay, the baton visits all commonwealth nation and territories ahead of the opening ceremony in on July 24.

The baton left Buckingham palace on October 9, 2013, and after its journey here, it will move to Barbados. (GINA)

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