Camelot, the operator behind the UK’s National Lottery, has announced its support for the Team GB Olympic and ParalympicsGB teams ahead of the upcoming Tokyo 2020.
Camelot will become an official partner of ParalympicsGB as well as a supporter of Team GB, with the National Lottery providing support to both sets of athletes every time a player purchases a ticket.
Team GB and ParalympicsGB have undertaken a comprehensive review of their operations following the March 2020 postponement to ensure athletes are met with Covid-secure environments to prepare for the Games – and Camelot’s vital support will play a key role in making this happen.
The new partnership will focus on COVID-19 safety measures and will see Camelot work towards helping to ensure athletes arrive at the biggest sporting moment of their lives in the best possible shape.
Nigel Railton, CEO of Camelot, said: “We’re delighted to support TeamGB and ParalympicsGB during what has been an extraordinary period for the whole of the UK. Throughout the pandemic, the safety and wellbeing of our employees has been our number one priority – so it seems fitting that this partnership will not only help ensure that the nation’s athletes are met with Covid-secure environments as they prepare for the Games, but will also give our employees further opportunity to be at their best every day.”
Andy Anson, CEO of the British Olympic Association, said: “The nation has been heavily impacted during the last 12 months and the Tokyo Games provide an amazing opportunity to generate a positive message.
“The support of Camelot is timely in ensuring that we’re able to maintain the world class environment for our athletes in Tokyo whilst incorporating the vital additional infrastructure to make sure our facilities are Covid-secure for our athletes and to allow them to reach the ‘start line’ in the best possible condition.
“We’re also excited to work with Camelot and their staff on our innovative wellness programme and share the lessons learned from the success of Team GB.”
Mike Sharrock, CEO of British Paralympic Association, said: “Like so many organisations the Covid-19 pandemic has had a major impact on the British Paralympic Association and this partnership with Camelot will help ensure we can deliver world class preparation and Games time environments to empower our athletes to achieve their goals this summer.
“Tokyo 2020 is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the resilience of the human spirit and we are confident ParalympicsGB can help unite and inspire the nation once again.”