BP Angola has reaffirmed its commitment to support Angolan Paralympic sport until next Paralympic games in Tokyo in 2020
The five athletes who will benefit from BP sponsorship are: Esperanca Gicasso, T12 category, who runs in the 100 metres, 200 metres and 400 metres, José Chamuleia, T11 who will compete in the 100 metres, 200 metres and 400 metres and Befilia Buio, T11 who will run 500 and 800 metres.
Paulo Pizarro, VP C&EA thanked the athletes who were present to sign their contracts at a ceremony held at Torres Atlântico, after which the team left for London to participate in the World Athletics Paralympics Championship where Esperanca Gicasso won a silver and a bronze medal.
“I would like to thank you for coming, especially as some of you have travelled far,” he said. “Our support of the Angolan Paralympic Committee and the athletes is designed to promote visibility of Paralympic sports as well as contribute to social integration. We think that Paralympic sports demonstrate values such as courage, determination and social integration, which reflect some of BP’s own values – and we confidently expect more victories.”
On behalf of the Paralympic Committee, general secretary Antonio da Luz said that as for the previous games, the athletes will represent Angola with dignity and represent BP as their main sponsor.
“I would like to thank BP for its support and we reiterate that we will do our best to take this forward to make the best out of this agreement,” he said. “We will encourage these youngsters to aspire to this level of competition and we expect that they will accept additional responsibility as ambassadors of a great brand.”
BP Angola’s partnership with Paralympic Committee dates from 2011 with the preparation of the Paralympic athletes for participation in the London 2012 games where our honorary Ambassador, the legendary José Sayovo won a gold and a bronze medal, support that continued for the Rio 2016 games.