Ghana Hosts Birmingham 2022 Queen's Baton Relay


The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay has arrived in Ghana, reaching the 6th  destination out of the 72 Commonwealth nations and territories it will be visiting.


Arriving from Sierra Leone, the Baton has officially touched down at Kotoka International Airport.


The Queen’s Baton, which carries a message from Her Majesty the Queen, arrived in Ghana as part of its journey to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, which will be held in England from 28 July until 8 August 2022.


The Queen’s Baton is in Ghana for 3 (three) days and during it’s time here, it will be carried by Baton bearers, including current and legacy athletes, and will visit Jubilee House, Manhyia Palace, Rattray Park, Adinkra Village at Ntonsu, and Bonwire Tourist Centre and experience Ghana culture and way of life. 


President of CGA, Mr. Ben Nunoo-Mensah, said: “It is fantastic to have the Baton arrive in Ghana today. Its arrival signifies an exciting moment in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, and I’m really looking forward to the various visits and activities during its time here.”


British High Commissioner, H.E. Harriet Thompson said: “it is a tremendous honour and a genuine pleasure to welcome Her Majesty the Queen’s Baton in Ghana after arriving from our friends in Sierra Leone. The Baton is making an incredible journey, visiting 72 Commonwealth nations and territories ahead of the Commonwealth Games 2022 held in Birmingham next summer.


Our partners at Ghana’s Commonwealth Games Association have planned an amazing few days for the Baton Team, which will not only represent a celebration of sport and the coming Games but will also show Ghana at its very best. We look forward to welcoming Team Ghana and Teams from across the Commonwealth to Birmingham to the Games next year.”


The Queen’s Baton will be carried by H. E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who is President of the Republic of Ghana. 


The Queen’s Baton Relay will visit:

Jubilee House (Presidential Palace) -25th October, 2021, El-Walk Sport Stadium - 26th October, 2021, Tema Fishing Harbour - 26th October, 2021, Manhyia Palace -27th October, 2021, Adinkra Village, Bonwire Tourist Centre - 27th October, 2021.


Since its inaugural appearance at the Cardiff 1958 Commonwealth Games, the Queen’s Baton Relay has been a tradition for the Commonwealth Games.


The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay started at Buckingham Palace on 7 October 2021, when Her Majesty the Queen placed her Message to the Commonwealth into the Baton and passed it to four-time Paralympic gold medallist and Team England athlete Kadeena Cox, who had the honour of being the first of thousands of Baton bearers to carry the Baton through the Commonwealth. 


The 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay is an epic journey covering the entirety of the Commonwealth as it will travel to all 72 nations and territories, covering a distance of 140,000 kilometres.


For 269 days, the Baton will travel to Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Caribbean and the Americas, before it embarks on the final stretch of its journey across England for 25 days.


The Queen’s Baton Relay will complete its journey at the Opening Ceremony of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games on 28 July 2022.


This is a traditional and fundamental part of the Games and the Opening Ceremony, as the final Batonbearer will pass the Baton back to The Queen.


The Queen’s message to the Commonwealth will then be removed from the Baton and read aloud, marking the official start of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.


About the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay

The Queen’s Baton Relay is a Games tradition that celebrates, connects and excites communities from across Commonwealth during the build up to the Games.


Birmingham 2022 is staging the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay – an epic journey across the Commonwealth, with The Queen’s Baton visiting all 72 nations and territories, reaching Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Caribbean and the Americas.


The Relay will begin on 7 October 2021 at a special event at Buckingham Palace, where Her Majesty The Queen will place Her message to the Commonwealth into the Baton.


The Baton will travel for 294 days, visiting all 72 nations and territories and connecting communities in every corner of the Commonwealth, embracing unique cultures and sharing stories. 


This collective journey will ignite hope, solidarity and collaboration for the next generation, with these stories leaving us all inspired to take on the challenges that matter most to us. 


The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, which will be held from 28 July until 8 August 2022, will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to put the city, the region, and its people on the global stage.      


The Games is already proving to be a catalyst for transformation across the West Midlands, attracting new investment and funding, creating jobs and apprenticeships for local people and new opportunities for local businesses, as well as accelerating projects that will ensure the region is ready to host a fantastic sports and cultural celebration.      


Birmingham 2022 will be the Games for everyone, bringing people together from across Birmingham and the region, to provide a warm welcome to millions of visitors during the summer of 2022.    

 

Full schedule of the Queen’s Baton Relay international route:

 

Nation / Territory 

Live date

1. Cyprus

9 October 2021

2. Malta

12 October 2021

3. Nigeria

16 October 2021

4. The Gambia

20 October 2021

5. Sierra Leone

23 October 2021

6. Ghana 

26 October 2021

7. Cameroon

29 October 2021

8. Kenya

2 November 2021

9. Uganda

5 November 2021

10. Rwanda

10 November 2021

11. Tanzania 

13 November 2021

12. Malawi

17 November 2021

13. Zambia

20 November 2021

14. Mozambique

23 November 2021

15. Mauritius 

27 November 2021

16. Botswana

30 November 2021

17. St. Helena 

5 December 2021

18. South Africa

8 December 2021

19. Namibia 

14 December 2021

20. Eswatini

17 December 2021

21. Lesotho 

20 December 2021

22. Seychelles

23 December 2021

23. Pakistan 

27 December 2021

24. Maldives 

1 January 2022

25. Sri Lanka

4 January 2022

26. Bangladesh

7 January 2022

27. India

12 January 2022

28. Singapore

17 January 2022

29. Malaysia

22 January 2022

30. Brunei

26 January 2022

31. Papua New Guinea

30 January 2022

32. Solomon Islands

2 February 2022

33. Nauru

5 February 2022

34. Fiji

13 February 2022

35. Samoa

16 February 2022

36. Tonga

19 February 2022

37. Vanuatu

22 February 2022

38. Kiribati

25 February 2022

39. Tuvalu

28 February 2022

40. Niue

3 March 2022

41. Cook Islands

6 March 2022

42. Norfolk Island

9 March 2022

43. New Zealand

12 March 2022

44. Australia

17 March 2022

45. Belize

23 March 2022

46. Guyana

26 March 2022

47. Grenada

30 March 2022

48. The Bahamas

3 April 2022

49. Turks & Caicos

7 April 2022

50. Cayman Islands

12 April 2022

51. Jamaica

15 April 2022

52. Trinidad & Tobago

19 April 2022

53. Barbados

23 April 2022

54. Montserrat

26 April 2022

55. Dominica

29 April 2022

56. British Virgin Islands

3 May 2022

57. St. Kitts & Nevis

6 May 2022

58. Anguilla

9 May 2022

59. Antigua & Barbuda

13 May 2022

60. St. Lucia

16 May 2022

61. St. Vincent & The Grenadines

19 May 2022

62. Bermuda

22 May 2022

63. Canada

26 May 2022

64. Gibraltar

31 May 2022

65. Falkland Islands

7 June 2022

66. Jersey

10 June 2022

67. Guernsey

13 June 2022

68. Isle of Man

16 June 2022

69. Scotland

18 June 2022

70. Northern Ireland 

24 June 2022

71. Wales 

29 June 2022

72. England 

4 July 2022 


Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith

 

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