President Mohamed Nasheed this morning participated in the Queen’s Baton Relay Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games.
Inaugurating the relay, in front of the Official Jetty, President Nasheed said as a result of the Commonwealth Games, the relations between nations represented in the Games become strengthened as they share a common history.
2010 Commonwealth Games will be held in New Delhi, India from 3 – 14 October 2010.
The President said New Delhi was emerging as one of the biggest cities in the world, and this year’s Commonwealth Games would be a moment when Maldivian athletes and the Maldives were in the focus of the world.
He said, although participation in such sporting events as the Commonwealth Games was deemed more important than winning, we should strive to do our best in everything we do.
Vice President Dr Mohamed Waheed and other senior officials of the government and many Maldivian athletes ran the around-Male’ relay this morning.
Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton relay commenced from Buckingham Palace on 29 October 2009. The Baton will travel through 70 Commonwealth countries. The Baton’s journey will cover a distance of more than 170000 kilometres in 240 days before it reached India.
The Queen’s Baton’s journey will conclude when the Baton is brought to Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium during the opening ceremony of 2010 Commonwealth Games on 3 October, where the Queen’s message with the Baton will be read aloud, officially opening the Games.
The Queen’s Baton’s journey symbolises the unity and shared ideals of the Commonwealth countries.