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Queens Baton Relay in Kohima

Chief minister Neiphiu Rio with the Queen’s Baton at local ground Kohima, Sunday. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUL 25 (NPN):
Published on 26 Jul. 2010 12:15 AM IST
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The symbolic Queen’s Baton Relay for XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 took place on Sunday in the state capital Kohima.
The XIX Common Wealth Games, Queen’s Baton Relay was flagged off by parliamentary secretary, Naiba Konyak from Police HQ junction and traversed Classic Island, PWD junction, SKV junction, WW II Cemetery, TCP Gate, MLA Hostel junction, Old NST, Razhu Point. The Queen’s Baton was carried by sports persons and government officials and culminated at the local ground where state chief minister, Neiphiu Rio received the Baton from chief secretary, Lalthara.
Addressing the gathering at the local ground, Rio welcomed the Queen’s Baton Relay team to the Land of Festivals and historic city of Kohima town. He said the state got its due share of the relay and thanked Lt. Gen (Rtd) Raj Kadyan for the same. Stating that Nagaland was privileged to have the relay for three days, Rio pointed out that the relay was going around spreading the message of games and sports which bring unity and solidarity among the nation.
Rio urged all concerned to witness, participate and enjoy and be part of the Queen’s Baton Relay. He also hoped that the Relay would awaken the youths of Nagaland to take sports more seriously.
Reading out the message of Suresh Kalmadi, chairman, organizing committee CWG 2010, former MP and vice chairman relations (sub committee) organizing committee CWG 2010 Padmashree K. Asungba Sangtam said the Baton has been on an amazing journey around the Commonwealth, completing a marathon 170,000 km in 69 nations.
“The Baton has become the great unifying factor in a diverse nation and it is being a great messenger for Olympic, with countless international stars having carried the Baton and spreading the gospel of Olympic Sport. “I am confident that the sporting people of Nagaland will be inspired by the presence of the baton in your state,” stated the written message. Kalmadi stated that the relay could be an inspiration of the youth to take up Olympic sports.
Asungba was the special guest at the function. Queen’s Baton Relay additional director general Lt. Gen (Rtd) Raj Kadyan expressed gratitude to the state government and the state chief minister Neiphiu Rio for the grand success of the relay in Nagaland. He also presented a replica of the Queen’s Baton as memento to the chief minister.
Later, the state chief minister passed on the Queen’s Baton to Secretary Youth Resources Sports (YRS), Bendang Longchari for departure to Tuophema.
Earlier, the Queen’s Baton was escorted by 50 bikers, tribals attired in traditional dress and 72 sports persons from IG Stadium led by power minister, Doshehe. The Baton was handed over to parliamentary secretary, youth resources and sports Naiba Konyak at PHQ junction. Advisor NKVIB and chairman music task force, Dr. Nicky Kire and a host of officials and volunteers wearing different colourful Common Wealth Games (track suits) participated in the relay.
The Queen’s Baton team also visited the World War II Museum at Naga Heritage village Kisama where they were received by assistant director, art & culture, Keruno Sakhrie who also gave a brief introduction of the World War II Museum. Queen’s Baton team presented a memento to the assistant director to mark their visit.
On Monday, the relay will start from Tuophema to Khonoma village via Kohima. There will be a photo session followed by guided tour of Khonoma village and then proceed to Mezoma Village-Sechuma Village -Kiruphema village- Peducha onto NH 39. Another photo session has been scheduled at Midway Tourist Resort, Tsipema and would reach the Police Officer’s mess Chumukedima.
On June 25, the Baton entered India from Pakistan through the Wagah-Attari border and passed through Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Sikkim, some parts of West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh before arriving Nagaland. Queen Elizabeth-II launched the Baton at Buckingham Palace, London on October 29, 2009 and by the end of its journey the Baton would have covered 190 thousand kms across 71 nations.
(With DIPR inputs)
Govt to sponsor legislators
State chief minister Neiphiu Rio on Sunday announced that the government has decided to sponsor the Legislators (only MLAs) both from ruling and opposition to witness the XIX commonwealth Games, Delhi 2010 in October.
He also disclosed that any public desiring to witness the Commonwealth Games in Delhi to contact Nagaland Olympics Association (NOA) on matter of “ticketing and accommodation.”

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