Tonga CGA prepares for Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) Glasgow 2014
The Executive Committee (EC) of TASANOC (also serves as Commonwealth Games Association, CGA) had confirmed the sub-committee for the preparation for the arrival of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR).
The TASANOC EC also appointed Dr ‘Amanaki Fakakovikaetau as its Chef de Mission for Glasgow Commonwealth Games next year.
The sub-committee is consisted of Takitoa Taumoepeau, Secretary General; ‘Amanaki Fakakovikaetau, Chef de Mission Glasgow 2014; ‘Onetoto ‘Anisi, EC member and Rep. of Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) and Hiko Fungavaka, Sports Development Officer (SDO).
According to Takitoa, the QBR team which is scheduled to arrive here in Tonga on 9th December from the Cook Island and departs on 12 December to Niue. The sub-committee has prepared a tentative route and program for the QBR and it will be conducted over two days, 10th and 11th December and only cover the main island of Tongatapu.
Takitoa said, "that because of tight budget, school holidays and insufficient time, we only concentrate on doing it here in Tongatapu. It was fantastic the last time (2010) when we took the baton to Vava’u and Ha’apai".
He added that the QBR will involve villages as the route will take them from Niutoua to Nuku’alofa and also from Kolovai to Teufaiva. The baton is expected to end up at the Prime Minister’s Office with Lord Tu’ivakano before it departs in its next leg.
The QBR will go through all the 71 member countries of the Commonwealth and will return to Glasgow before the Opening Ceremony of the games.