The Queen’s Baton Relay which is part of the Commonwealth Games tradition is in the British Virgin Islands and will be here until Thursday, as the territory joins in the celebrations in the countdown of Birmingham 2022.

The opening ceremony to kick off the Queen’s Baton Relay in the BVI was held this morning which followed with a select number of persons taking the baton across various areas throughout Tortola.

Speaking during the ceremony His Excellency Governor John Rankin explained the historic occasion and what it means to the territory.

Acting Premier and Minister for Sports Dr. The Honourable Natalio Wheatley said he is pleased that the BVI will be participating in this year’s Commonwealth Games.

He highlighted the defending 400 meter hurdles Commonwealth Games Champion Kyron McMaster, adding that he expects more local athletes to medal at this year’s Games.

Meanwhile, President of the BVI Commonwealth Games Association Mr. Ephraim Penn spoke to the young athletes on the significance of being a part of the historic relay.

He said this year’s Baton arrival was under very unique circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Penn also reflected on McMaster holding the 2013 Baton Relay as he encouraged the viewing athletes that one day they two can also become a Commonwealth Games champion.

The Queen’s Baton Relay itself holds a message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to the Commonwealth and its athletes.

Birmingham 2022 is staging the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay – an epic journey across the Commonwealth, with The Queen’s Baton visiting all 72 of the Commonwealth nations and territories.

The Games is set to run from July 28 to August 8.