Queen’s Baton Flies Out

The 16th Commonwealth Games Queens Baton relay left for Samoa yesterday.
16 Feb 2022 12:15
Queen’s Baton Flies Out
FASANOC (Fiji Amateur Sports Association National Olympic Committee)

The 16th Commonwealth Games Queens Baton relay left for Samoa yesterday.

Fiji Association of Sports and Na­tional Olympic Committee (FASA­NOC) staff Ritesh Ratiram handed the baton to Commissioner West Mesake Ledua at its last Fiji stopo­ver at Koroipita, Naikabula, Lau­toka on Monday.

The baton arrives in Samoa today and is expected to be at Vanuatu on Tuesday, February 22.


Fiji is one of the 72 nations and ter­ritories the baton was visiting over 294 days.

The baton was in Australia before it flew over to Fiji on February 8 via Post Fiji’s EMS courier services.

“On our way to Lautoka we had stopped over at the Outrigger to plant corals there, before we planted trees at the Sigatoka Sand Dunes,” Ratiram said.


Commissioner West Ledua said: “We are honoured to be included in the Commonwealth Games tra­dions, we are the 36th country to receive it.”

The baton arrives at Birmingham, England on July 28, where the mes­sage stored inside it will be read at the official opening of the 2022 Com­monwealth Games.

“This relay connects communities under the Commonwealth embrac­ing all our unique culture(s) and stories,” Ledua said.


Acting British High Commissioner Paul Welsh encouraged Fijians to share with him the pride that the baton found its way to Koroipita.

According to FASANOC chief ex­ecutive Lorraine Mar, Koroipita ful­fills 16 of the 17 the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals – one of the theme of the baton is sustainability.



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