The designer of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games baton has told of her joy at seeing its journey across the world.
A Commonwealth Games tradition, the baton is making its way across Europe, Africa, Asia, the Americas and the Caribbean before the opening ceremony in Birmingham on July 28 2022.
Speaking after the Queen launched the relay during a Buckingham Palace ceremony on October 7, Laura, who runs design organisation MAOKWO, said she was “really excited”.
“It’s like a dream but it’s real,” she said. “It’s really such a joy to see because when the work is being done there is a lot of intensity, there is a lot of going back and forth, but to actually see the baton and the journey beginning, that is powerful.”
The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will be held from 28 July until 8 August 2022, starting with an opening ceremony at the newly redeveloped Alexander Stadium in Perry Barr.
The October 7 event at Buckingham Palace marked the beginning of the Baton’s mammoth journey to every corner of the globe.
The ceremonial rod features a 360-degree camera, heart rate monitor, atmospheric sensors and LED lighting.
In total, the Relay will span 294 days, visiting all 72 nations and territories of the Commonwealth.
This will see 7,500 baton bearers from across the world entrusted with the task of carrying the rod through their community.
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Laura added that she couldn’t wait to see the baton come back to Birmingham during the opening ceremony.
“I am really looking forward to that,” she added. “It is an exchange of wisdom. It’s got eyes, it’s got ears and it’s got lungs.
“The idea that it is going to go across 72 countries and come back, we will be even more enriched, we will learn a lot. That is what we are hoping to see.”
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