Commonwealth baton in Sri Lanka

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Published by : CT WEB 2017-10-10 13:02:24

The Commonwealth Games Federation confirmed that the Games Queen baton will arrive in Sri Lanka on 12 October and a three day ceremony will be held hosted by the Commonwealth Association of Sri Lanka. This was officially revealed at the Commonwealth Games Federation executive meeting held in Colombo on Friday.

President of the Sri Lanka Commonwealth Games Association, Hemasiri Fernando, said: "Our city, country and region will proudly provide the backdrop for the latest gathering of the CGF Executive Board at a very special and significant time in the history of the Commonwealth Sports Movement. With six months to go to Gold Coast 2018 and as the Queen's Baton Relay begins its epic journey across Asia, we have been proud to host our Commonwealth family and reinforce our country's commitment to Commonwealth sport."

We have a special three-day ceremony from 12 October and the Queen's Baton will be travelling to Galle in a special train on that day.

A few key decisions were taken at the Executive Board meeting held in Sri Lanka.

Commonwealth Games Federation President, Louise Martin said: "In just six months' time we will be at the heart of a thrilling sporting spectacle on Australia's Gold Coast. We are inspired and impressed by the detailed preparations for the next edition of the Commonwealth Games and have approved the creative concepts for the Gold Coast 2018 Opening and Closing Ceremonies and welcome this week's completion of the Athletes' Village.

"We are also working hard to find the best possible solution to ensure successful Games after Gold Coast and a continued commitment to host community legacies.

"I must congratulate the Birmingham Bid team for the work that has been undertaken in preparing a comprehensive proposal for 2022. We have carefully reviewed the bids and updates received as part of the ongoing 2022 Candidate City Process and have agreed – noting the challenging timescales and no full compliant bid – that further time should be given to all interested parties to enable the submission of fully compliant proposals."

In special circumstances and an accelerated timeframe, a number of Commonwealth Games Associations, Cities and Governments mobilized to consider the opportunity of the 2022 Commonwealth Games. To support the ongoing selection process, the CGF Executive Board resolved to extend the deadline for receipt of fully compliant proposals to 30 November 2017 and agreed that this date should be kept under review as the process continues to move forward with the nations and territories involved.

General Secretary Sri Lanka Commonwealth Games Association Maxwell de Silva stated, "The Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Sport Movement have a well-established history and proud heritage of uniting diverse nations and cultures through the power of sport – through our Youth Games, our Glasgow 2014 partnership with UNICEF and the new standards for inclusivity and gender-equality that are being set at Gold Coast 2018.

"This Human Rights statement represents the next step in the CGF's commitment to embed human rights within our governance, management systems, development, events, fundraising and marketing – and we are proud to be able to publish it here in Sri Lanka."

The Executive Board was honoured to be received by Sri Lankan President His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena as part of the visit.

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