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Big names carry Baton in New delhi

Big names and celebrities carried the Youth Baton through New Delhi University North Campus on the 1st of August 2008 where Delhi government will be hosting a large cultural extravagansa which will be open to the public.

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Youth Baton Relay arrives in Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad, August 29th, 2008:The Youth Baton Relay (YBR) which was flagged off from Delhi on 1st of August 2008, arrived in Ahmedabad on 29th August from Gandhinagar

The Baton entered Gujarat on the 27th of August 2008, traveling across 5 states and 42 cities covering a distance of over 2,700 kilometers. The Relay witnessed over 1,400 sportspersons who participated as Baton Bearers

The Relay will be present in the state till 2nd September 2008.The Baton will proceed from to Ahmedabad to Anand, Vadodra, Surat and then enter into Maharashtra on its way to Pune. The Youth Baton Relay is traveling through 9 states, 199 cities, towns and villages covering a distance of over 8000 kilometers with over 7,000 Volunteers who will help the Baton’s journey.

As part of the “Green Games” initiative the Youth Baton Relay is collecting water from schools and universities in every city on the route. All the 71 participating Commonwealth nations will also get water from their respective counties. This 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 Commonwealth nations at the Shri Shiv Chhartapati Sports City, Balewadi as a legacy of the Relay for years to come.

The Relay is being run in support of the ‘Save the Tiger’ campaign in association with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and has already visited the Sariska Wildlife Reserve on its route. The Baton will also visit Borivilli, Tadoba, Pench and Melghat Wildlife Reserves on its 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.