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Youth Baton Relay flagged off from Delhi University
Commonwealth Youth Games Pune 2008 flags of the first ever Youth Baton Relay, which will travel for 73 days across nine states, 199 cities, towns and villages

Delhi, August 1, 2008: Commonwealth Youth Games Pune 2008 flagged-off the Youth Baton Relay (YBR) today from Delhi University, North Campus Sports Complex

A spectacular cultural event was organized by Government of Delhi which saw live performances by Rabbi Shergil and Palash Sen who enthralled the crowd and added to the celebrations of the flag-off. Prof. Deepak Pental, Vice Chancellor, University of Delhi then gave the welcome address. The dignitaries present signed the WWF signature campaign to promote the “Save the Tiger” initiative which is also one of the causes being supported by the Youth Baton Relay.

Jigrr, the official Mascot of 3rd Commonwealth Youth Games Pune 2008 handed over the baton to Mr. Suresh Kalmadi, MP and Chairman, OC, CYG Pune 2008 and CWG Delhi 2010. Mr. Kalmadi then passed on the baton to Smt. Sheila Dixit, Chief Minister, Delhi who in turn handed over the Baton with water collected in a capsule from Delhi University to Shri M.S Gill, Minster of Youth Affairs and Sports. The baton was then handed over to Mr. Dhanraj Pillai, the first baton bearer and the relay was thus flagged off. The relay started from the university sports complex and covered 9 colleges of North Campus where college athletes participated in the relay.

The Baton will also cover colleges in South Campus on Saturday the 2nd of August and will leave for Ghaziabad on Sunday the 3rd of August on its way to Pune traveling through 9 states,199 cities, towns and villages covering a distance of over 8000 kilometers with over 7500 Volunteers who will help the Baton’s journey

As part of the “Green Games” initiative the Baton relay will collect water from every state on route. The collected water will be used at the Opening Ceremony to create a spectacular Fountain of Youth. A ‘Garden of Youth’ will be created with the saplings brought in by the athletes from 71 participating nations at the Shri Shiv Chhartapati Sports City, Balewadi as a legacy of the Relay for years to come.

The relay will run in support of ‘Save the Tiger’ campaign in association with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and will visit Sariska, Borivilli, Tadoba, Pench and Melghat Wildlife Reserves on route.

Tata Motors is the official Vehicle Provider to the Youth Baton relay. 23 Tata Motors vehicles, including Sumo Grande, Safari, Winger, Magic, 207 DI, and 407 SS, will accompany the entourage. One of the vehicles provided by Tata Motors has been developed as a 'Special Green Vehicle' (SFC 407) that will continuously collect refuse from the relay. This will be processed into manure to be used for planting saplings on the route.

Hindustan Petroleum is the official partner and Air India is the International Airlines Partner for the Commonwealth Youth Games Pune 2008. Kinley Water is the official beverage for the Youth Baton Relay.
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