KARACHI: The Commonwealth Games torch has reached Pakistan which was handed over to the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) by the British Deputy High Commission.
According to Express News, a grand ceremony was held at the British High Commission regarding the handing over of Queen’s Baton Relay POA of the Commonwealth Games to Pakistan.
British Deputy Commissioner Martin Dawson handed over the torch to the President of Pakistan Olympic Association General (retd) Arif Hussain, on which is also written the message of the Queen of Great Britain.
Leading athletes also attended the event, including former world squash champion Jangir Khan, former national hockey captain Olympian Hassan Sardar, Olympian Rashid Al Hassan, Olympian Meharullah and female karate champion Kulsoom Hazara.
The relay will start its journey in Pakistan on Tuesday. In the first phase, Sindh Madrasa-ul-Islam University will be handed over to Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah at a ceremony at Mazar-e-Quaid at 9.30 am and later at 1 pm.
It should be noted that the Queen’s Baton Relay is traveling to 72 countries of the Commonwealth, in the 23rd leg of which it was delivered to Pakistan. It will be taken to Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Caribbean and the United States in 269 days, reaching the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.