Leader represents Sandwell at Buckingham Palace launch of Commonwealth Games Queen’s baton relay
Published 8th October 2021
Yesterday (Thursday 7 October 2021), the Queen held her first major event at Buckingham Palace since the pandemic began, launching her Commonwealth Games 2022 baton on to the first step of its global
The high-tech baton contains a secret message to be opened only at the Games in July next year. The baton will film relay participants, measure pollution and even monitor runners’ heartbeats.
Paralympic gold medallist Kadeena Cox started the first leg of the relay, which will last 294 days, cover 90,000 miles and visit all 72 nations and territories in the Commonwealth, eventually concluding back in the West Midlands with the opening ceremony.
The aim of the baton relay is to ignite hope, solidarity and collaboration for the next generation.
Councillor Rajbir Singh, leader of Sandwell council said:
“It was an honour to attend the ceremony on behalf of the people of Sandwell. We’re so excited that Sandwell will be a key player in the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and look forward to the baton arriving back in July 2022.”