India will host the 16th official Queen's Baton Relay for the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games for four days between January 12 and 15, the organising committee of the showpiece event has announced.
The Queen's Baton Relay is a Games tradition that celebrates, connects and excites communities from across Commonwealth during the build-up to the Games. The Relay begins on October 7, 2021 at Buckingham Palace, where Queen Elizabeth II will place her message to the Commonwealth into the Baton. The Baton then takes on an incredible 294-day journey through all nations and territories of the Commonwealth, arriving back in England in July 2022.
The Baton will travel an epic international route, spanning an impressive 269 days, spending between two and four days in each nation or territory, covering approximately 90,000 miles (140,000 kilometres), having over 7,500 Batonbearers trusted with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to carry the Baton.
The Birmingham 2022 Queen's Baton Relay will visit all 72 nations and territories of the Commonwealth yet will travel almost half the distance than the previous Gold Coast Queen's Baton Relay in a bid to reduce the carbon footprint.
The Baton will journey across Southeast Asia, visiting Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam in January, and travelling to the Pacific Islands in February, including visiting the smallest island in the Commonwealth, Nauru.
During each visit, nations and territories will host events and activities that showcase untold stories from Batonbearers, athletes, and young people striving for change in their community and showcase a project that addresses at least one of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.