Male, Maldives, December 30, 2021: President Ibrahim Solih has officially welcomed the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton to the Maldives. The official welcoming ceremony was held at the President’s Office on Wednesday, December 29.
The Baton was formally handed over to President Solih by Mohamed Abdul Sattar, President of the Maldives Olympic Committee and the Commonwealth Games Association in the country.
A press release from the President's Office stated that the NOC President also presented President Solih and Vice President Faisal Naseem with the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton jersey and took part in a photo session.
The Queen’s Baton Relay will take place over the next couple of days and the Baton will usher in the New Year in the Maldives before leaving for the next leg of the South Asian swing, Sri Lanka. The Baton had arrived from Karachi, Pakistan.
The Relay began on October 7, 2021, when Her Majesty the Queen placed her Message to the Commonwealth in the Baton. The Commonwealth Baton is on a 294-day journey to every part of the Commonwealth – 72 nations and territories.
The global journey will end at the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on July 28, 2022. The Queen’s Message will be read out then.