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2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay coming to Vanuatu on 7th December

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The 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay is coming to Vanuatu on 7-14 December, 2017, says the new announcement by VASANOC.

“With Vanuatu firmly focused on the hosting the Pacific Mini Games, it’s important to remember the next big event on the sporting calendar is just down the track. Many of the Team Vanuatu athletes will be using the PMGs to test their measure against regional rivals, in preparation for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, which will be hosted on the Gold Coast in Australia in April” the announcement says.

Perfectly timed to arrive during the Pacific Mini Games, the Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) will be
welcomed by VASANOC on behalf of Vanuatu and as CEO Henry Tavoa points out, this is in fact the
QBR’s fourth visit to Vanuatu.

“In 2013 we celebrated with an around-the-island relay and a QBR Mini-Games at Wan Smol Bag.”

During a ceremony in London on 4 April, 2017 the Baton was handed to Australian Olympic Cyclist Anna Meares OAM, before commencing the longest QBR in history. An epic 388 days journey covering 230,000km through six Commonwealth regions of Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and Oceania (representing one third of the world’s population).

Arriving from the Solomon Islands on 7 December, the QBR carries a message from Queen Elizabeth II and will spend a week in Port Vila as part of the Van2017 activities and celebrations.