Glasgow 2014: Six stories with six months to go

Queen's Baton Relay in Kenya

Six months from now, the Commonwealth Games will begin in Glasgow - but while 23 July will mark the start of the games it will also mark the end of the Queen's Baton Relay. The baton, currently in Africa, has already visited 30 of the 70 Commonwealth countries, accompanied by the BBC's Mark Beaumont.

Here are six highlights from his reports on sporting life in countries the baton has passed through.

Bowler, and Minister of Sport
Tim Sheridan

Tim Sheridan, the Sports Minister of Norfolk Island (population 2,300) will ditch the suit and compete at the Glasgow games in the lawn bowls competition. It will be his third Games.

Ring that has taken a punching
Boxing ring in Tonga

Tonga has produced Olympic and Commonwealth medallists in the boxing ring, but many hopefuls have to go abroad to achieve their dreams. There is only one permanent boxing ring on the island, and it is in need of some TLC.

An Olympic first from Brunei
Maziah Mahusin

Maziah Mahusin, the first female Olympian from the oil-rich nation of Brunei, has run with an ankle injury for over three years and nearly didn't start her historic race in London, as the pressure became almost too much.

Nauru's short circuit

You can run around the entire country of Nauru in two hours.

A wrestling tip from India
Mark Beaumont wrestling

A life of solitude is the best way to go if you want to be a wrestler in India. According to coach Deepak Prasad, "When you marry, your power fails, so you have to stop doing practice."

Swimming against the current

Some swimmers in the Maldives got a chance to hold the baton.

A swimming team in the Maldives doesn't let a lack of facilities hold it back. Carefully avoiding jellyfish and rubbish, the youngsters train in the sea.

And an extra seventh story...
Tuvalu airfield

It's not a sport that features in the Commonwealth Games, but football on the tiny Pacific island of Tuvalu is played on the airfield, due to lack of space. There is just one full-sized grass playing field on the island - for which rugby players are extremely grateful.

The baton is currently in Africa, and you can continue to follow Mark's progress online, on radio and on television.

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