2022 Commonwealth Video games: Buhari receives Queen’s Baton relay


President Muhammadu Buhari has obtained the Queen’s Baton relay to Nigeria earlier than the 2022 Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham, England.

The presentation of the baton used to be held, on Saturday, on the Negate Condominium feast hall.

Habu Gumel, President, Commonwealth Video games Nigeria, obtained the baton on the Nnamdi Azikiwe Global Airport, Abuja, and handed it to the Minister of Early life and Sports activities Pattern, Sunday Dare, who equipped it to the president.

Represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Mr Buhari acknowledged it used to be a extremely particular pleasure to welcome the Queen’s Baton relay to Nigeria and reminded the Commonwealth of its stable bond of brotherhood.

“Here’s a powerful loved tradition which precedes every commonwealth video games; a baton carrying Her Majesty’s message of goodwill to the Commonwealth goes on a 90,000 mile, 72 country lag to raze on the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Video games.

“Because the relay goes from one Commonwealth member country to 1 other, in its lag across quite loads of continents, the 2 billion stable inhabitants of the Commonwealth are reminded of the stable bonds of brotherhood and friendship that bind us, across these continents, nations, races, tongues and faiths.

“This chuffed tournament will raze at the present in Birmingham, the metropolis that will host the video games in 2022.

“Nigerian athletes will join their brothers and sisters on the video games, as now we comprise got done at quite loads of occasions of the video games since we first attended in 1950, when Joshua Majekodumi obtained our first medal, within the high soar tournament;

”Since then, our athletes comprise obtained no lower than 236 medals on the video games! We’re location to attend out powerful higher in Birmingham,’’ he acknowledged.

Mr Buhari counseled the relay group for their cheerfulness and dedication to the tour covering thousands of miles, and the organising committees for all their valuable work in seamlessly turning within the relay tournament.

The president moreover lauded the athletes, who would raise excitement and thrill to millions on the competition of sport and tradition.

Earlier, in his remarks, Mr Dare described the tournament as one other excellent milestone of the Commonwealth Video games Federation which signified peace, solidarity and delight in among the many comity of nations.

He acknowledged it used to be intelligent to be connected with the enduring tournament of cyber web web hosting the Queen’s Baton relay being the very first African country to attend out so.

The minister acknowledged it used to be the equal of the Olympic torch relay.

Mr Gumel, on his share, acknowledged that the baton, on tour of Africa, used to be launched from Buckingham Palace earlier within the month by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth 11, the Patron of the Commonwealth Video games Federation.

He acknowledged the baton would return to the UK on July 28, 2022, for the opening ceremony of the video games.


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