Birmingham, here we come!
The Namibian leg of the 16th?official Queen’s Baton Relay for the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games was launched last Wednesday.
The relay across 72 Commonwealth nations started earlier this month after Queen?Elizabeth II placed her message?to the Commonwealth?into the?baton, which will travel across Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Caribbean and the Americas.
Namibia, which is hosting the relay for the sixth time, will have its tour from 13 to 16 November in Windhoek and the coastal towns of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay.
Speaking during the launch, deputy British high commissioner Charlotte Fenton said the Commonwealth Games will present an opportunity to enhance trade cooperation in the Commonwealth.
“The UK and Namibia are working to increase bilateral trade opportunities between our two countries. Events held whilst the baton is here in Namibia will provide a perfect opportunity to showcase what Namibia has to offer,” she said.
She added that athletes participating in the games will build on the success of the Olympics that saw Namibians running personal bests and setting new national records.
“Birmingham 2022 is set to be another opportunity to see the best of Namibian athletes shining brightly in the world. Some 6 500 athletes and team officials from 72 Commonwealth nations and territories will attend the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games,” Fenton said.
Speaking at the same occasion, president of the Namibia National Olympic Committee Abner Xoagub said the Commonwealth Games journey will?ignite hope,?solidarity?and collaboration for the next generation.
“The relay for the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games started on 7 October and is on its journey to span 140 000 kilometres.
“With only nine months left, we are hopeful that many of our athletes and their support staff will join in to make this an unforgettable experience,” he said.