"I want to thank Indian Olympic Association (IOA) as well as Commonwealth delegates for honouring Uttar Pradesh by bringing the Queen's Baton. According to me, the race for the Commonwealth Games has now started. All the players have started their preparations," Chauhan told ANI.
As per reports, the Queen's Baton will also be taken to Pantnagar and from there on it will visit Haldwani and Nainital in Uttarakhand. Thereafter, the baton relay will continue to Rishikesh, Haridwar and finally to Dehradun.
The baton relay is similar to the Olympic Torch Relay and it has already been carried to 51 countries before India following which it will be taken to Bangladesh and eventually reaching the host country, Australia, on December 24.
On April 4, 2018, over 6,600 athletes and team officials from 70 nations and territories will converge on the Gold Coast for an 11 day sporting and cultural event.