VIDEO: BA named official airline partner of Team GB and ParalympicsGB

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BA has been appointed the official airline partner of Team GB and ParalympicsGB ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer.

The airline will fly hundreds of athletes, support teams and their equipment to and from the Games.

BA Olympic support

BA has been supporting British Olympic and Paralympic athletes for over a decade, since the Beijing 2008 Games.

To mark the announcement, athletes from a range of sports officially launched the partnership at London Heathrow airport.

Skateboarding Olympic first

11-year-old Sky Brown represented skateboarding – which is being introduced at Tokyo for the first time. She is currently GB’s youngest summer Olympian.

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Jet wheels: Sky Brown represent Britain’s skateboarding hopes at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Joining her were athlete Dina Asher-Smith, and boxer Cheavon Clarke who all hope to represent Team GB.

Ali Jawad, powerlifter, Maisie Summers-Newton, Para swimmer and Alfie Hewett, wheelchair tennis player, were also in attendance. They all hope to represent ParalympicsGB.

Watch the video celebrating the announcement here: 

BA said it will ensure Great Britain’s medal hopefuls arrive in Japan refreshed and ready to perform at their best.

 It’ll fly hundreds of athletes back to the UK, for a warm welcome at the end of the Games.

“We’re so proud to be the official airline of Team GB and ParalympicsGB for the fourth consecutive Games”, Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ Director of Brand and Customer Experience, said.

“The Olympic and Paralympics Games always instil a sense of national pride. It’s an honour to fly the best of British talent in sport and be part of their journey, from start to finish.”

British Olympic Association CEO, Andy Anson, said: “British Airways is one of the most recognisable and prestigious brands in the world. So it is with great pride that we partner with them for the fourth consecutive Games.

“Tokyo 2020 promises to be an incredible event. Securing a partnership of this calibre can only assist with our preparations ahead of the Games in July.”

The Olympic Games will take place between 24 July – 9 August 2020. For the first time they will include skateboarding, sport climbing, surfing, karate and baseball/softball.

Paralympics 2020

The Paralympic Games will take place from 25 August – 6 September 2020. For the first time the Games will include Para badminton and Para taekwondo.

“We are delighted to be flying to and from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games with British Airways” Nick Webborn, Chair of the British Paralympic Association, said. “We believe that, once again, the ParalympicsGB team couldn’t be in better hands.

“Partnering with British Airways will undoubtedly mean that our Para athletes get the best possible start to their journey to Tokyo 2020, and a truly memorable celebratory return home.”

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