LONDON: Team GB has appointed British Airways as its official airline partner ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.  

The airline will fly hundreds of athletes and support team, along with their equipment to and from the Games as part of the partnership, which also includes ParalympicsGB.

British Airways has been supporting British Olympic athletes for over a decade, since the Beijing 2008.

Athletes from a range of sports officially launched the partnership at London Heathrow airport. Representing skateboarding, which is being introduced at the Olympic Games for the first time in Tokyo, 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.

Asher-Smith, current British record holder and 200m World Champion sprinter, said: “Tokyo 2020 is going to be so exciting for the nation with a new generation of athletes and additional sports being added. Every athlete dreams of returning home on that British Airways plane carrying gold, silver and bronze luggage with them.”

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.