Queen’s Baton In Uganda:

14th -15th January 2014

The queen’s baton is set to arrive in Uganda for a two day transitional visit this Tuesday.2013 IAAF Marathon Champion, Steven Kiprotich will receive the baton that is set to be moved over 70 nations and territories, covering a total distance of 190,000 km in 288 days.

The baton will arrive at Entebbe Airport on Tuesday morning and will move to Entebbe Special forces headquaters, through Entebbe town to Kampala at the Uganda Olympic Committee headquaters for an official press conference.

The baton will be hosted at the Kyadondo rugby grounds and British High Commission later in the day. On day two, the baton will reach the source of the Nile in Jinja, back in Kampala at Bulange in Mengo Kingdom, the Ministry of Education and Sport at Embassy House and finally at the Parliament of Uganda before departure for another nation. 

About the Queen’s Baton:

The Queen’s Baton Relay, 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, currently 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.

The Queen’s Baton Relay is a much loved tradition of the Commonwealth Games and symbolizes the coming together of all Commonwealth nations and territories in preparation for the four-yearly festival of sport and culture.

The Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay is the curtain-raiser to the XX Commonwealth Games. Over a period of 288 days the baton will visit 70 nations and territories, cover 190,000 kilometers and involve a third of the world’s population, making it the world’s most engaging relay.

On 9 October 2013 the Queen’s Baton Relay was launched at Buckingham Palace, at a ceremony where Her Majesty The Queen placed Her message to the Commonwealth into the baton.

The baton has been relayed by thousands of people throughout the Commonwealth, each one honored by their own nation to participate in this unique tradition. Magical memories will be created on this journey across continents, terrains and time zones.

From Sydney Harbour Bridge to the forests of Rwanda; from Pacific Islands to the Rocky Mountains of Canada, the baton will showcase each nation and territory in the Commonwealth. 

The finish line is in the host nation Scotland just in time for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony in Glasgow, where Her Majesty The Queen will read aloud Her message to the Commonwealth.

History:

The Relay was introduced at the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Cardiff, Wales. Up until, and including, the 1994 Games, the Relay only went through England and the host nation. The Relay for the 1998 Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia was the first to travel to other nations of the Commonwealth. The 2002 Commonwealth Games Relay covered over 100,000 kilometres and went through 23 nations.

The Full Schedule For Queen’s Baton in Uganda:

 

 

Time

Activity

Venue

DAY 1 – PROGRAM 14th JANUARY 2014

8.15am

Arrival of Baton at Airport

Entebbe

8.45am

Moses Kipsiro receives baton

Entebbe , VIP Lounge

9.00 – 9.15am

Moses Kipsiro runs to Special Forces Headquarters

Entebbe

9.00 -9.30am

Special Forces -Leaders/Parade

Special Forces Headquarters

9.30-11.30am

ENTEBBE – KAMPALA RELAY

Entebbe town

 

 

Entebbe town – Nkumba

 

 

Nkumba – Clock Tower

 

 

Clock Tower – Kampala Road

 

 

Kampala Road – Lugogo

12.00 – 1.45pm

Press Conference

Lugogo- UOC Headquarters

1.45 -2.00pm

Duke of Edinburg Presentation

Lugogo UOC Headquarters

2.00 – 3.20pm

Lugogo  Relay

Lugogo cricket oval

3.20 – 3.30pm

Lugogo – Kyadondo Rugby Ground Relay

 

3.30pm – 5pm

British High Commission ceremony

Kyadondo Rugby Grounds

DAY 2 – PROGRAM 15th JANUARY 2014

6.30 – 11.00am

Sun rise at the Source of the Nile

Jinja

11.00 – 12:00pm

Buganda Kingdom

Bulange Mengo

12.00 -1.00pm

Ministry of Education and sports

Embassy House

2:00 – 2:30pm

Speaker of Parliament- Hon. Rebecca Kadaga

Parliament

2:30 – 3:00pm

Vice President- Hon. Edward Sekandi

 

4.00 – 5.00pm

Travel to Entebbe Airport

 

5.00pm

Check in for departure

 

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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