The Namibian National Olympic Committee (NNOC) offers all members of the public to form part of the group of runners/walkers that will carry the Baton of the Queen’s Baton Relay through Windhoek, Khomasdal and Katutura , which is scheduled to take place in Namibia on the 29th January.
The Queen's Baton Relay began its 190,000km-long journey around the Commonwealth in October last year, before opening of the Commonwealth Games on 23 July 2014.
The event, similar to the Olympic Torch Relay, is a relay around the world held prior to the beginning of the Commonwealth Games. The Baton carries a message from the Head of the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth II. The Relay traditionally begins at Buckingham Palace in London as a part of the city's Commonwealth Day festivities. The Queen entrusts the baton to the first relay runner. At the Opening Ceremony of the Games, the final relay runner hands the baton back to the Queen, or her representative, who reads the message aloud to officially open the Games.
“We want people of all walks of life to be part of this magnificent event”, said Joan Smit, General Secretary of the NNOC. She encouraged all interested parties to submit their names and contact details to the NNOC by latest Wednesday, 15th January.
The NNOC will select a number of runners/walkers to carry the baton around the capital, according to the places available. “Even if you carry the baton for a mere 10 meters, it is an opportunity not to be missed”, Smit underlined. The NNOC is currently finalizing the route. The entire event will be covered by a TV crew from the BBC.
Anyone interested can get in touch with the NNOC via E-Mail ([email protected]
) or telephonically (061 229285).