BP Angola has reaffirmed its support for paralympic and adaptive sports by sponsoring the African wheelchair basketball cup and agreeing to sponsor five Angolan paralympic athletes in their journey to the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. The African wheelchair basketball cup is a key event on the continent’s paralympic sports calendar. Luanda was chosen as the host city after Egypt was unable to host the event due to unrest in the country.
Following the momentum created by the cup, BP signed a sponsorship agreement with five Angolan Paralympic athletes
bidding to participate at Rio in 2016. BP’s sponsorship agreement began in 2011 when the company supported the five athletes in their preparation and participation in the London 2012 Paralympic Games. At London, one of the BP sponsored athletes, Jose Savoyo (pictured), won a gold and bronze medal.
The renewal of these sponsorship agreements is a demonstration of trust and confidence by BP and a renewed commitment to support the athletes in their preparation for future competitions. The athletes will also act as BP ambassadors.
Speaking at the agreement signing ceremony, BP’s Regional President for Angola, Martyn Morris, said: “This is a great opportunity to continue to support these excellent paralympic athletes of Angola. You are all champions and your behaviour is so professional that it made it easy for us to decide on continuing with the sponsorship for the same five athletes.”
African and Angolan Paralympic Committee President, Leonel Pinto added: “It is an honour for us to once again have the support of BP Angola, which opens a new page in our successful partnership history. It is also a very important moment in the lives of the athletes themselves.”