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9:00 AM 15th January 2020

BA Appointed Official Airline Partner Of Team GB & ParalympicsGB

(L-R: Ali Jawad, Powerlifting; Dina Asher-Smith, Athletics; Sky Brown, Skateboarding; Cheavon Clarke, Boxing; Alfie Hewett, Wheelchair Tennis; Maisie Summers-Newton, Para swimming)
(L-R: Ali Jawad, Powerlifting; Dina Asher-Smith, Athletics; Sky Brown, Skateboarding; Cheavon Clarke, Boxing; Alfie Hewett, Wheelchair Tennis; Maisie Summers-Newton, Para swimming)
British Airways 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 and support team, along with their equipment to and from the Games as part of the partnership.

British Airways 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.

Representing skateboarding, which is being introduced at Tokyo for the first time, was 11-year-old Sky Brown who is set to be GB’s youngest summer Olympian, athlete Dina Asher-Smith, and boxer Cheavon Clarke who hopes to represent Team GB.

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

With a long-standing history in supporting national sporting events and teams, British Airways will ensure Great Britain’s medal hopefuls arrive in Japan refreshed and ready to perform at their best. The airline will fly hundreds of athletes back to the UK ready for a warm welcome at the end of the Games.

The Olympic Games will take place between 24 July - 9 August 2020 and for the first time will include skateboarding, sport climbing, surfing, karate and baseball/softball. The Paralympic Games will take place from 25 August - 6 September 2020, and for the first time will include Para badminton and Para taekwondo.