Dear athletes, representatives of the National Olympic and Paralympic Committees, bp colleagues, distinguished guests,
Good afternoon. It’s a great pleasure to come together with all of you today to celebrate two amazing occasions. I’ll start with the first one.
Today we are celebrating the outstanding success of Azerbaijan’s athletes, and, in particular, bp’s ambassador athletes at this year’s biggest sporting event - Tokyo 2020 Games.
I congratulate the National Paralympic Team with their historic performance in Tokyo.
With 19 medals and four Paralympic records, the Paralympians made it to the top 10 among 163 countries! What a tremendous achievement!
I also congratulate the National Olympic Team with their remarkable accomplishments and with winning seven medals for Azerbaijan.
I would like to particularly congratulate our bp ambassador athletes on their amazing performance and recognize all of them.
Our Paralympians - legendary Ilham Zakiyev, Olokhan Musayev and Oleg Panyutin. Let’s give them a big round of applause!
And our Olympian athletes - Haji Aliyev, Irina Zaretska, Farida Azizova and Rustam Orujov. Another big round of applause for them!
Thank you for the joy you brought us with every achievement you’ve made and each time you raised Azerbaijan’s beautiful flag in Tokyo. You have won immense glory for your country and people!
We are hugely proud of you and it is my pleasure to extend on behalf of our big bp family my congratulations to all of you and the people of Azerbaijan!
Celebrating 10 years of partnership
I’m doubly pleased that we have one more great occasion to celebrate today.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of our partnership with the National Olympic and Paralympic Committees.
With hindsight, I’m proud to say that what we achieved together during the past decade is nothing short of amazing.
We were together in the most important sporting events through these years - London 2012, Baku 2015 European Games, Rio 2016, Baku 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games and, finally, Tokyo 2020.
It was an honor for us to stand behind the success of our athlete ambassadors and witness how they compete and win medals for Azerbaijan.
Huge thank you to the leadership and the whole staff of the National Olympic and Paralympic Committees, our ambassador athletes, our colleagues at bp and everyone else who have helped turn this decade-long partnership into a story of tremendous success!
Thank you and good luck in your future endeavours!