Commonwealth Games Goes Global

With less than 500 days to go until the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014, the route for the Queen's Baton Relay has been unveiled.

The baton will travel to all 71 nations in the Commonwealth during its 248-day journey, including India, Singapore, St Lucia and Canada. 

It will set off from Buckingham Palace on October 9th, where the Queen will place a message inside it for the athletes 

The baton will eventually return to Scotland in time for the Opening Ceremony in Glasgow's Celtic Park on July 23rd 2014. 

Glasgow 2014 chairman Lord Smith of Kelvin said: ``For Scotland and Glasgow the Queen's Baton Relay creates an unparalleled chance to put both city and nation into the international spotlight, creating valuable economic, cultural and educational opportunities for and beyond the Games. 

``It is a truly unique cross-continental relay which offers chances for trade and investment opportunities overseas, and which connects Glasgow and Scotland to the Commonwealth, and invites the Commonwealth back here." 

He added: "It is our opportunity to be on a global stage, sharing our messages of goodwill, opportunity and potential the baton - and the Games themselves - hope to bring to the Commonwealth. 

``The last lap of this global journey brings the baton back home to touch every community in Scotland as the baton journeys to its final destination.''