Shimla: The Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) for the 2010 Commonwealth Games reached Shimla today evening after starting from Dharamshala passing through Hamirpur and Bilaspur districts.
The baton was received in Shimla by Hamirpur MP and secretary, Himachal Pradesh Olympic Association Anurag Thakur.
‘It’s a proud moment for the people of the hill state to receive the baton,’ said Thakur.
Earlier the relay started from Dharamshala in the morning and was received by Civil Supplies Minister Ramesh Dhawala at Jwalamukhi.
The relay later reached Hamirpur where it was received by Deputy Comissioner Abhishek Jain. The baton was received by Education minister Ishwar Das Dhiman along with IPH minister Ravinder Singh Ravi. Dhiman said, “It was like a dream come true for the people of the country as well as Himachal Pradesh who got an opportunity to carry the Queen’s Baton in their homeland.”
The Queen’s baton was taken from Government degree college to the Boys senior secondary school ground by various athletes including Pushpa Thakur, international Volleyball players Hem Singh and Manoj Kumar, Basketball player Suresh Kumar, National Judo player and Parshuram awardee Nutan Pathania and International Volleyball Player Jagir Singh who finally entered the stadium with the baton at government boys school.
At Bilaspur the QBR was received at Kot Kehloor, Luhnu ground by Deputy Speaker Vidhan Sabha Rikhi Ram Kaundal, MLA Randhir Sharma, Vice-President of Indian Olympic Association Ram Lal Thakur, Deputy Commissioner Nandita Gupta, Superintendent of Police Kapil Sharma and hundreds of school children.
Baton bearers who ran with the baton from Nihal Sector to Luhnu ground were state Parsuram awardee Kamlesh, Prerna Srot Samman awardee Hariman, Asian Games participant Lekh Ram, Handball player who represented India four times Hamid, international Boxing player Shiv Chand, participant of world wrestling championship Jagdish, international Boxing Player and state awardee Bhagat Thakur.
The baton would visit Solan and Sirmaur districts Tuesday.
International shooter Samresh Jung would receive the baton in Sirmaur district.
From Sirmaur, it would enter Uttarakhand after covering a distance of 560 km in the state.