Namibia, as a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, will be hosting the Queen’s Baton Relay from Thursday to Sunday.During the relay, Namibians will get the opportunity to touch the baton and also to exchange messages with other people across the globe through the google camera embedded in the Baton, said UNICEF Namibia’s communication and development officer, Tapuwa Loreen Mutseyekwa.
UNICEF Namibia has partnered with the Namibian Olympic Committee to host the three-day relay event.
“This is in view of the recognition that the United Nations sees sports for development as a critical mechanism to achieve solidarity, peace, human rights, development and prosperity,” said Mutseyekwa.
The Baton will be delivered at the UN House in Windhoek, followed by a 30-minutes ceremony with the Australian High Commission to South Africa taking the lead with the Support of the deputy Minister of Sports, Agnes Tjongarero, Namibia UN resident coordinator and the UNICEF representative.
The Queen’s Baton Relay commenced on 13 March 2017 from Buckingham Palace in London as a lead up to the Commonwealth Games, which will be in Australia in 2018.
The Baton, which is a symbol of peace and tolerance in sporting competition, will traverse through more than 70 Commonwealth countries, before reaching Australia to light the torch for the 2018 Games.