Frederick Lartey Otu – 2nd Vice President of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) and Chairman of the Queen’s Baton Relay Committee has said the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo will be the first person to touch Queens Barton Relay when it arrives in Ghana.
The Barton will arrive in Ghana next week as part of activities raising the awareness for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
He told Rainbow Radio that that the baton will get to the country on October 25, a month after being outdoored officially just last week.
Chairman Otu mentioned that the Baton is expected in Ghana from Sierra Leone on the 25th October 2021.
Lartey Otu said the first person to take good of the Baton will be His Excellency the President of Ghana adding that there will be no activity on the day the baton arrives in the country.
He noted that there will be a Relay on the 26th of October,2021 from the Jubilee House and then go through some principal streets in Accra.
The QBR chairman hinted that there will be a mini ceremony at the Kotoka International Airport and that security measures to protect the Baton has been adequately arranged for.
Lartey Otu stressed that the Committee has solicited for the assistance of the Ghana Police Service to avail officers who will protect the Baton throughout its stay in the country.
The hardworking 2nd Vice President of the Ghana Olympic Committee also mentioned that the Commonwealth secretariat sent an accompanying envoy called the “Baton Manager” to locate the movements of the Baton and making sure the Baton goes through the requisite covid protocols during its visit to Ghana.
Chairman Otu bemoaned its biggest challenge as funding. He mentioned that the COVID has had a toll on all corporate bodies but he believes the future is bright in making the Games a memorable one to behold next year.
He stressed on the effort that the Games Committee of the GOC is doing to ensure Ghana wins more than a single medal at the Games next year in Birmingham.
Chairman Otu also mentioned in his interview that the Games Committee is posited to ensure the various Federations get the needed guidance in their qualifying programs ahead of the Games.