For the 48 hours that the  Queen’s baton spent in in Uganda, there is no doubt that an ever lasting impression and international limelight has been engraved on the mother nation, Uganda.

“Uganda is honoured to be among the 90 nations where the baton has moved. Lets hope this international limelight that comes with this special moment that comes forth the baton”, William Blick, the Uganda Olympic Committee President remarked as he officially received the baton from President of the Kenya Olympic Committee, Kipkeyno Nock.

Uganda’s elite athletes, Moses Kipsiro and Dorcus Inzikuru received the baton on behalf on the athletes’ fraternity. The baton is moved over 70 nations and territories, covering a total distance of 190,000 km in 288 days.

The baton arrived at Entebbe Airport on Tuesday morning and  moved to through Entebbe town to Kampala, the Uganda Olympic Committee headquarters, Kyadondo rugby grounds (under the tag rugby development and British Council), Lugogo cricket oval, the Jinja Source of the Nile, Parliament of Uganda, Bulange Mengo and Ministry of Education and sports headquarters at Embassy House.

For William Musasizzi, an ardent sports fan, the baton is a once in a life time experience. “You can never be sure of life and its unpredictability. The baton will help me reflect on that unique experience of the common wealth games and the olympics”, a smiling Musasizzi tells Kawowo Sports.

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.

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

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