The 2022 Commonwealth Games were promoted and highlighted in several parts of Grenada during the period March 29-31. The Symbolic Queen’s Baton involved several Relay runs performed by athletes representing different sports.
Grenada is among 72 countries counting down to the July 26 to August 08 event in Birmingham, England.
The Queen’s Baton arrived in Grenada Tuesday 29 from Guyana and carried a special message from the Queen which will be read during the opening ceremony of the Birmingham Games.
A special handing over ceremony was held at the VIP lounge, Maurice Bishop International Airport on Tuesday when the British Resident High Commissioner in Grenada Wendy Freeman presented the Queen’s Baton to Grenada’s Govern-general Her Excellency Dame Cecile La Grenade.
The Baton was then passed to the former President of the Grenada Commonwealth Games and Olympic Committee, Roystan La Hee.
In his remarks, former President of the Commonwealth Games and Olympic Committee Roystan La Hee highlighted that this is the third time Grenada is hosting the Queen’s Baton. He noted that the event arouses much interest among the population.
Athletes representing para-athletes and others facilitated the relay run with the baton which covered the Western, Northern, Eastern and Southern areas of the nation. Also, Stops were made in Gouyave at Cuthbert Peters Park, Convent Grenville, among others, providing photo opportunities and engagement with people of all walks of life.
Governor-General Dame Cecil said between October 2021 and July 2022 the Queen’s Baton will be featured in the 72 nations that are members of the Commonwealth symbolizing their friendship and ability to work together.
This year’s Commonwealth Games are expected to be the biggest and according to British High Commissioner Wendy Freeman, the July 26 to August 08 Games will see the staging of more events than previous, including para-sports.
Minister of Sports Yolande Bain-Hosford said her ministry was delighted to be associated with the staging of the Queen’s Baton Relay across the country and is looking forward to the Games later in the year. Grenada is expected to be represented at the Commonwealth games by a contingent of athletes representing different sporting disciplines.