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President Sam on Queen’s Baton Relay duty in Nigeria


SASCOC President Gideon Sam headed up a five-strong team Commonwealth Games Association team which presented the Queen’s Baton to His Royal Majesty King Oba Elegushi in Lagos, Nigeria this week.

The five-day visit was part of the Queen’s Baton Relay’s journey around the globe ahead of next year’s Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

‘This is one of the instruments that binds us, everyone in the Commonwealth of nations is bound by this,’ Sam said of the Commonwealth Games.

‘I give it to Nigerians in hospitality; we were nicely treated all through our stay and it felt like home. We had maximum fun and I thank the Nigerian CGA and everyone involved in this event.’

The Queen’s Baton also made a stop at the British Council Office in Ikoyi, Lagos, and was received by the director of business services, Lucy Pearson (see main picture).

Other members of the team were Adam Best, Patricia Quayle, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert and Colin Briggs.

The Queen’s Baton Relay then departed for Nairobi, Kenya and will next visit Tanzania.

The Relay will travel across 70 Commonwealth nations ahead of the Games which take place from 4-15 April.

Just as it did in 2013 ahead of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, the Queen’s Baton Relay will visit South Africa in May.

The relay is scheduled to be in South Africa between 15-20 May, before moving on to the Atlantic Ocean island of St Helena and then to the Caribbean leg of its global tour.

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