President of Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Council HRH Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah raise the Glasgow 2014 Baton. Picture:BT/Yusri Adanan.
(Above) President of Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Council HRH Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah (R) shares a light moment with High Commissioner of India to Brunei Laiduhthlana D Ralte (L) as Deputy Minister of Culture Youth and Sports Datin Paduka Hjh Adina Othman (C), British High Commissioner David Campbell (2nd R) and High Commissioner of Canada Marcell Gaumond (2nd L) look on. (Left) HRH Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah raises the Commonwealth Baton yesterday. BT/Yusri Adanan
It is time to lace up for the Brunei leg of the Queen's Baton 2014 Glasgow Relay which begins today at the Prime Minister's Office.
Brunei is the eighth of 71 Commonwealth destination since its journey started from Buckingham Palace in London on Oct 9.
His Royal Highness Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah, the president of the Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Council (BDNOC), received the baton from the representatives of the 20th Glassgow Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay Team at a welcoming event hosted by the British High Commissioner, His Excellency David Campbell at his Residence in Kota Batu yesterday.
"We are honoured by the presence here today (Monday) of HRH Prince Sufri to receive the Commonwealth Baton.
"We are grateful to HRH and to the BDNOC and MCYS (Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports) for arranging such an excellent programme for the Baton's visit to Brunei Darussalam.
"I know that the Bruneian schools taking part in Tuesday's relay event are doing so with great enthusiasm.
"We look forward to maintaining close links between Bruneian and UK schools through the 'Support a 2nd Team programme' in the run up to next July's Glasgow Games, where we wish the Brunei Darussalam National Team every success," said Campbell in his welcoming remarks.
HRH will lead the relay starting at the Prime Minister's Office at 6.45am.
Organised by the BDNOC, it will pass through 12 schools before ending at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas.
The Prince will then pass the baton to the Australian high commissioner to Brunei, Todd Mercer, as a representative of the next host country, Australia.
The baton will pass through Asia, Oceania, Africa, South Americas, Caribbean and North Americas before making its way back to Europe.
The relay will end its journey at the opening ceremony of the Games in Glasgow, Scotland on July 23, 2014.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be the last to receive the baton before officially declaring the Games open.
Also present during the event yesterday was Datin Paduka Hjh Adina Hjh Othman, Acting Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports.