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Queen's Baton Relay will 'inspire the next generation'

The CEO of the Commonwealth Games Council for Wales says by bringing athletes and coaches from past and present back to the communities they came from for the Queen's Baton Relay, it will 'inspire the next generation' of athletes in the country.

The Queen's Baton Relay is a chance for the whole nation to get behind the team of athletes set to compete for Wales at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games just two months later, and it really is an invitation to join us on our journey.

By linking athletes and coaches from past and present back to the communities they came from through the Queen's Baton Relay, we hope that it will inspire the next generation to believe that anything is possible, and that one day they could be a Commonwealth champion bringing their medals home.

– Chris Jenkins, CEO of the Commonwealth Games Council for Wales

The Queen's Baton Relay begins in Wales on Saturday 24th May 2014 and will spend seven days visiting a mixture of close knit community events, large multi-sport bonanzas and iconic landmarks before it heads across the border to England on Friday 30th May.

Welsh baton bearers for Queen's Baton Relay announced

The names of over 130 people who will carry the baton in May when the Glasgow 2014 Queen's Baton Relay touches down in Wales have been announced today.

Aled Davies, a star of the London Paralympics, will carry the baton in Wales in May. Credit: PA

Double Commonwealth gold medallist, Kirsty Wade, Olympic and Commonwealth weightlifter, Michaela Breeze, London 2012 Paralympic gold medallist Aled Davies and Wales Rugby Sevens and Scarlets star, Lee Williams are just a few of the athletes from Wales' sporting hall of fame that have been confirmed.

Each baton bearer will carry the baton as it takes its seven-day journey across Wales' towns, villages and communities.

Read More: 2014 will be a sporting year to remember in Wales

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Countdown to Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

The 2010 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Delhi. Credit: PA

The countdown to this year's Commonwealth Games is underway and it is now six months until the start of the Games in Glasgow.

The Welsh team brought home a total of 19 medals at the last Commonwealth Games, including two gold medals. Wales is one of only six nations to have taken part in every Games since 1930.

Read More: 2014 set to be a sporting year to remember in Wales

2014 set to be a sporting year to remember in Wales

Sport Wales says 2014 will be a sporting year to remember as Welsh athletes will compete against some of the world's best at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The Queen's Baton Relay route will make its way through Wales this year, visiting several close-knit community events, iconic landmarks and large multi-sport festivals during its times here.

It's a huge year for Wales. The Games are on our doorstep and the Welsh team is set to be the largest ever.

We have the opportunity to make a difference. Just like London 2012, the Games in Glasgow will give us a window of opportunity to use the profile and success of such a great sporting event to inspire out children to be fit, active and healthy.

In classrooms and playgrounds across Wales there are children who will always remember their first experience of sport - let's make sure it is a quality one, packed full of fun and activity which will build a confidence for sport to become part of everyday life.

– Sarah Powell, Sport Wales

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Cardiff Council will "develop bid" for 2026 Commonwealth Games

Cardiff's Millennium Stadium Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

Cardiff Council has confirmed it will work on a bid to bring the 2026 Commonwealth Games to Cardiff.

The latest draft plans for the city, published following a meeting of the council's Economy & Culture Scrutiny Committee, reveal plans to "develop a bid to host the Commonwealth Games that delivers immediate and lasting benefits".

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