Kolkata: The Queen`s Baton Relay (QBR) of the
upcoming Commonwealth Games is all set for a warm welcome when
it reaches the city on August 1.
"The QBR will arrive at the city`s airport from it`s last
stop in Agartala before embarking on a 300 km-plus road
journey in the state from the Victoria Memorial," Bengal
Olympic Association (BOA) secretary Kamalesh Chatterjee told
"The baton will be received at the airport and then it
will proceed to the Bodyguard Lines where it will be kept for
few hours before officially re-commencing its run from the
Victoria Memorial in the afternoon," said Chatterjee.
Former Olympians Sailen Manna, PK Banerjee, Chuni Goswami
will be among the host of sport celebrities to receive the
baton in the city that will traverse through Bardhaman,
Panagarh, Durgapur and Asansol before reaching Dhanbad in
Jharkhand on August 4.
During its stopover in the city, there will be a cultural
programme at the Bodyguard Lines and the postal department
will unveil a special commemorative postage stamp for the
Commonwealth Games to be held in New Delhi from October 3-14.
City police commissioner Goutam Mohan Chakraborty, Deputy
General Officer Commanding (Bengal area, Army) Brig A K Sharma
and others met at the state secretariat Writer`s Building
today to chalk out the arrangements of the baton relay in the