Held on 7 March, the race is a Ministry of Youth and Sports-led event that brought 128 para-athletes, representing most provinces and registered clubs, together to compete.
Why it matters: The race reinforced our commitment to inclusion through the continued support of Paralympic sports and athletes and celebrates the 10th anniversary of our partnership with the Angolan Paralympic Committee.
Helder Silva, bp Angola Vice President, the Angolan Minister of Youth & Sports, Luanda’s Provincial Governor, members of the Paralympic Committee, various Secretaries of State, and bp employees attended the event.
Ana Paula Sacramento, Angola’s Minister of Youth & Sports, officially started the race saying
“It is a day of celebration and the government is working towards turning the Jose Sayovo Cup into an international competition that brings some of the best athletes to Angola to honour the great achievements Jose had in Paralympic sport on the world stage.’’
"We are excited to support this initiative and bp proudly enjoys a successful partnership with the Angolan Paralympic Committee. We are looking forward to the Tokyo Paralympic games this year where we hope to continue to see good results for our athlete ambassadors and for Angola"
-Helder Silva, VP bp Angola
Reminder: Jose Sayovo, Angola’s only Olympic medalist ever, is a national hero and has been a bp Paralympic athlete Ambassador since 2011. Sayovo won gold medals in Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games and including World Para-Athletic Championships, and also won gold and bronze medals in the London 2012 Games, after which he retired from the competition.
bp Angola is sponsoring the next generation of promising athletes such as Regina Dumbo, Jose Chamoleia, Bifilia Buya, and Esperanca Gicasso as they prepare for the Tokyo Paralympic Games.
(The event was organised under the current COVID-19 guidelines for sports events overseen by the multisectoral Committee for the Pandemic and had a limited number of participants and attendees.)