The Queen's Baton Relay for the 19th Commonwealth Games reached Aizawl yesterday afternoon as scheduled and a warm reception was held at Vanapa Hall where President of Mizoram Olmypic Association and Vice President of Indian Olympic Association Pu Lal Thanhawla, the Chief Minister of Mizoram graced the function as Chief Guest. The Chief Minister released the 'First Day Cover' of the stamp designed by the Postal Department to commemorate the 19th  Commonwealth Games; the  stamp has Cheraw depicted on it.

The Chairman of the Queen's Baton Relay Reception Committee, Pu Van Hela Pachuau welcomed the team accompanying the Baton and said that it was a landmark event.

Addressing the function, Pu Lal Thanhawla said that the arrival of the Queen's Baton was indeed a historic moment for Mizoram and added that the Commonwealth Games showcases the cultural diversity of different nations and  strove to achieve univeral brotherhood among them through sports. He said that sports knows no boundaries and for sports to progress, there should be no racism and no communalism.

Lauding the efforts and achievements of sports persons of the state, given the limited resources for sports, he said that the advancement in various disciplines of sports is an important policy of the Government for which even the "Catch Them Young Policy" is being carried on. He said that the Union Government is committed fully to provide funds for the on-going construction of the Rajiv Gandhi Sports Stadium in Aizawl. He called upon the youth of Mizoram, especially those involved in sports to use the occasion to rejuvenate and refresh themselves so that they can reach higher and do better in sports events. As requested by organising committee, Mizoram cultural troop of 80 members will perform traditional Cheraw dance at the openning ceromony, the Chief Minister assured.

The mascot of the 19th Commonwealth Games 'Shera' too made a presence at the function. The Queen's Baton Relay is scheduled to leave Aizawl today for Tripura via Kolkata.

Before the function, the Queen's Baton was carried from Bawngkawn Junction to Vanapa Hall via Sikulpuikawn. Prominent people who carried the Baton were - Assembly Speaker Pu R. Romawia, Assembly Deputy Speaker Pu John Rotluangliana, Transport  Minister Pu P.C. Zoram Sangliana, Sports Minister Pu Zodintluanga, ,Sports Secretary, D.C. and S.P. Aizawl. In addition former Sports Ministers, leaders of various  Sports Association of Mizoram; leaders of NGOs - YMA, MHIP,MUP, MJA and MZP; Brig.S.K.Verma and other officers of HQ 23 Sector Assam Rifles; prominent sportsmen and sportswomen of today and yesteryears;sports coaches and officers and staff of the Sports Department also carried the Baton.


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