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Queen’s Baton Relay arrives in Cyprus on September 25

Retired cysclist Anna Mears (2-R) from Australia receives the 2018 Commonwealth Games baton from Britain's Queen Elizabeth II

The Queen’s Baton Relay arrives in Cyprus on September 25 for the last leg of its European tour ahead of the 21st Commonwealth Games.

The 2018 Games will be held in Gold Coast, in Queensland, Australia and Cyprus will participate with 40 athletes.

According to an announcement from the Cyprus Commonwealth Games Association, the relay started its global tour on March 13, 2017 from Buckingham Palace and will finish on April 4, 2018, at the opening ceremony of the Games, in Gold Coast’s Carrara stadium.

The baton, which includes a message by Queen Elizabeth calling Commonwealth citizens to attend the games, will remain in Cyprus until September 28.

Almost 5,000 athletes are expected to take part in the Games from 70 countries and regions that are members of the Commonwealth. In total 275 events in 18 sports will be contested.

In the last Games, held in 2014 in Glasgow, Cyprus took part with 51 athletes, winning two gold medals, four silver and two bronze.
Queen’s Baton Relay is expected to cover a total distance of 230,000 km in various countries with an aggregate population of 2.1bn people.

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