The baton also has to have mundane travel days, traversing the corridors of airports and clearing passport controls. Many modes of transportation will be used during the full 248 journey and today we travelled by plane. As the sun set, the plane descended into Lahore the second largest city in Pakistan, commonly referred to as its cultural heart.
After touching down in Allama Iqbal International Airport, named after the national poet, we revealed the baton to excited members of the public and the waiting media.
Squash is a popular sport here and Pakistani athletes will welcome the baton tomorrow on its first full day in Pakistan. As the baton was escorted from the airport to the hotel, Lahore’s architectural glories shimmered in the moonlight. We can’t wait until tomorrow.