NOCK: Tergat, Injera take part in Nairobi Run as Kenya hosts Birmingham 2022 Queens Baton Relay
ATHLETICS By Ochieng Oyugi | November 2nd 2021 | 3 min read
Kenya on Tuesday hosted the iconic Queens Baton Relay in Nairobi to create awareness of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The baton bearers included National Olympic Committee-Kenya President Paul Tergat, Paralympian Samson Ojuka, top 7s try scorer Collins Injera, weightlifter Winnie Langat and a student Nyawira Natasha.
“It is fantastic to have the Baton arrive in Kenya today," Olympics Kenya’s Male Athlete representative, Humphrey Kayange said.
"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."
The baton bearers were accompanied in the race, dubbed 'Nairobi City Run' by athletes from various sports including skaters, cyclists and wheelchair racers.
The relay that was flagged off at Uhuru Park and snaked its way until the Nairobi Arboretum, showcased the sights and sounds of Nairobi and promoted the themes of the Games in Kenya.
The baton bearers, who run across the nations the baton reaches, are always athletes who have either retired or still active from different federations.
The baton will also visit Ngong Hills, Kajiado County on Wednesday.
The baton will be in the country for three days, during which various activities have been planned to create awareness of the Birmingham championships.
The baton arrived in the country at the wee hours of Tuesday morning.
Kenya is the eighth destination the baton is reaching out of the 72 Commonwealth nations and territories it will be visiting as part of its journey to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The Games are set for July 28 to August 8 2022.
The Games are centred around the themes of sustainability, youth, inclusion and culture.
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 baton visiting all 72 nations and
territories, reaching Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Caribbean and the Americas.
The relay began on October 7, 2021 at a special event at Buckingham Palace,
where Her Majesty The Queen placed Her message to the Commonwealth into
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 ignites hope, solidarity and collaboration for the next generation.
Commonwealth Games acts as 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 fantastic sports and cultural celebrations.
Full schedule of the Queen’s Baton Relay international route:
Nation / Territory Arrival 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
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