Release date: 6 May 2013
BP today extended its partnership with Azerbaijan’s National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee. In doing so, BP will continue to support the country’s national teams and its elite athletes until the end of 2016. The original agreement was signed in January 2012, ahead of the London 2012 Games.
Addressing the guests at the signing event, Gordon Birrell, BP’s Regional President for Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey, said: “We’re delighted to announce that we’ll continue to be the official energy and oil and gas partner for Azerbaijan’s National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee until the end of 2016. Watching the progress of our athlete ambassadors at the London 2012 Games generated a huge amount of pride, particularly when they returned home with their medals. We shall continue to watch the athletes’ progress as they prepare to compete and win medals for Azerbaijan.
“Since BP first opened an office in Baku in 1992, the company has been closely involved in many aspects of Azerbaijan’s life, building a track record of delivery and creating close partnerships with governments in the region, companies and other stakeholders. The extension of the agreement with the Azerbaijan National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee demonstrates BP’s long-term commitment to the country.” Birrell said.
Chingiz Huseynzade, Vice-President of the Azerbaijan National Olympic Committee, said: “We are delighted to extend the partnership with BP and we look forward to working together on the development of Azerbaijani athletes to bring more sporting success to the nation.”
Ilgar Rahimov, President of the Azerbaijan National Paralympic Committee, said: “BP’s continued support of Paralympic sports in Azerbaijan helps to reinforce the message that sport is for everyone in our community.”
Notes to editors:
BP is the leading operator in Azerbaijan and the South Caspian region, and operates major oil and gas development and exploration projects, as well as the world-class Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil export pipeline: The projects BP operates in this region include:
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