Queen's Baton bids farewell to Gambia
Thursday, December 17, 2009
The Queen's Baton 2010 Delhi's mission of touching lives ended in Gambia on Tuesday as thousands of school children took part in an amazing relay through the day with the country's ministers of Finance, Education and Youth and Sports leading the way.
Setting from the office of the Gambian National Olympic Committee (GNOC) offices in Mile 7, Bakau, the baton was taken by the GNOC officials to the ministry of Youth and Sports, where it was received by the Youth and Sports minister, Mr Sheriff Gomez, the minister of Finance, Mr Abdou Colley and Honorary Consul of India Mr Ram Mohan.
The three dignitaries carried the baton to the minister of Education Mrs Fatou Lamin Faye, who ran with the baton to the Albion Lower Basic School in Banjul where she handed it over to the Principal to set off a memorable relay connecting nearly 100 schools within Banjul and the Greater Banjul Areas.
At the Marina International Junior and High schools in Bakau, children of various nationalities stood together and cheered the baton to showcase an example of multi-ethnicity and harmony. The schools were not closed and the children ran together in groups behind the baton for pre-designated stretch and then returned to class.
Some of the children expressed a desire to excel in sports so that they can be feature in Commonwealth Games opening ceremonies in future. After visiting the schools, the baton headed to the Banjul Airport where Indian Counsel Mr Arun Kumar Jain and Mr Ram Mohan as well as officials of the Gambian National Olympic Committee bid it farewell as it headed to Ghana after four wonderful days in the Gambia.
Author: Nanama Keita