Queen’s Baton Relay arrives in Kenya as Commonwealth Games build-up continues

Commonwealth Games Baton Relay in Kenya
The Queen's Baton is presented to the Speaker Hon Muturi at Parliament. Photo: Twitter/AusHCKenya

The Commonwealth Games Baton Relay arrived in Kenya on Wednesday during its 388 day, 200,000 mile relay to host country Australia.

Kenya is the sixth of 71 countries the baton relay will pass through on its way to Australia’s Gold Cost for the Commonwealth Games’ Opening Ceremony in 2018.

On Thursday, President Kenyatta received the Queen’s Baton on behalf of his country before it headed to the Kenyan Parliament where it was received by Speaker Hon Muturi.

Commonwealth Games Baton Relay in Kenya
Australian High Commissioner John Feakes greets President Kenyatta as he arrives to receive the Queen’s Baton. Photo: Twitter/AusHCKenya

Tweeting during a Commonwealth Games discuss on KTN, Australian High Commissioner John Feakes said that “Australia is looking forward to hosting over 6,000 athletes” at next year’s competition.

Later, Mr Feakes extended a welcome to the Commonwealth Games for athletes and fans on behalf of his country  and National Olympic Committee Kenya President Kipchog Keino said that Kenya was looking forward to competing next year.

Other Commonwealth countries were keen to pose with the Baton and the Canadian High Commissioner Sara Hradecky Tweeted a photograph of herself with Kip Keino.

Sara Hradecky and Kip Keino
Sara Hradecky with Kip Keino and the Queen’s Baton. Photo: Twitter/SaraHradecky

The UK High Commissioner, Nic Hailey, also took the opportunity to play wheelchair tennis against the Kenyan Commonwealth Games team.

Tanzania, Seychelles, Mauritius, Malawi, Zambia, Namibia and Botswana are the next stops on the Baton’s route before it heads to Mozambique, Swaziland, Lesotho and South Africa.