LAHORE - The Queen’s Baton Relay of Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games on Sunday arrived in Pakistan, which was widely welcomed by the officials of Pakistan Olympic Assocation (POA). 

The CGA Pakistan held a media briefing regarding programme of Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay in Pakistan. Lt Gen (R) Syed Arif Hasan, President CGA Pakistan and Martin Dawson, British Acting Deputy High Commissioner, were present at the occasion. Besides officials of Sindh Olympic Association (the provincial chapter of CGA Pakistan), the Presidents and Secretaries of various National Sports Federations were also present there. 

The media was informed that the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton has arrived in Pakistan, reaching the 23rd destination out of the 72 Commonwealth nations and territories. The Queen’s Baton, which carries a message from Her Majesty The Queen, arrived in Pakistan as part of its journey for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, which will be held in England from 28 July until 8 August 2022. 

The Queen’s Baton is in Pakistan for three days and during it’s time here, it will be carried by Batonbearers, including current and legacy athletes including M/s. Jahangir Khan, World Championship (Squash Legend), Hassan Sardar and Rasheed ul Hassan (Hockey World Champion and Olympian). The baton will be also carried by M/s Muhammad Inam as well as Olympian Arshad Nadeem, Talha Talib and Mahoor Shahzad. 

A welcome ceremony will be held at British Deputy High Commission, Karachi premises on 27 Dec to formally handover the Baton to President CGA Pakistan by the Deputy High Commissioner, UK. The Baton will also visit Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) on 28 December and Jinnah Museum followed by plantation at the University premises. The Baton will visit Mazar-e-Quaid on 28 Dec, where the international medallists, athletes, youngsters and officials of the various sports associations will exchange and relay the Baton.  

A ceremony will be arranged on 29 Dec at Karachi Grammar School, Karachi where the International Medallists, students and the athletes of the KGS will exchange and relay the Baton. The Baton will also visit Kakri Ground on 29 Dec where the youngsters, athletes and community representatives will exchange and relay the Baton.