All our energy with the Olympic and Paralympic athletes

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The Tokyo Olympics will be held from 23 July to 8 August 2021, after a one-year delay due to the pandemic. Meanwhile, the Paralympic Games will take place 15 days later: from 25 August to 6 September. Iberdrola, which has been promoting Spanish sport for more than two decades, is supporting the Olympic athletes in their race to Tokyo.

On Wednesday 26 May, the chairman of Iberdrola, Ignacio Galán, accompanied by the ambassador of Japan, Hiramatsu Kenji; the president of the Spanish Olympic Committee, Alejandro Blanco, and the president of the Spanish Paralympic Committee, Miguel Carballeda, welcomed eleven athletes who will represent Spain at the Games.

Carolina Marín, Sandra Sánchez, Miriam Casillas, Loida Zabala, Elisabet Cesáreo, Beatriz Pérez, Teresa Portela, María Xao, Desirée Vila, Eva del Moral and Laura García Caro also took part in the lighting of the Light of Iberdrola, a symbol of the company's commitment with Olympism and equal opportunities.


These will be the second Games in the Japanese capital, which previously hosted them back in 1964, and will feature five new sports — climbing, baseball/softball, karate, skateboarding and surfing — and 15 new disciplines, with the aim of increasing women's participation, in line with Sustainable Development Goal 5 (Gender Equality). This makes for a total of 33 sports and 50 disciplines, in which 11 athletes and three teams promoted by Iberdrola have already secured their place.

The flag bearers for Spain will, for the first time, be two athletes — one woman and one man —: swimmer Mireia Belmonte and canoeist Saúl Craviotto. Athletes — more than 11,000 of them — delegates, referees and judges will all come to the event vaccinated against COVID-19.

Also for the first time in history, the Olympic torch will be lit with hydrogen, as a sign of Japan's commitment to a sustainable future for all.


The Paralympic Games, for their part, will bring together more than 4,400 athletes with physical, intellectual or visual disabilities or cerebral palsy. Athletes will take part in 540 events in 22 paralympic sports. Badminton and taekwondo are new additions to the programme — sailing and football are out.

The first official version of these games was held in 1960 in Rome, although their origins go back in 1948. That year, the Olympics were held in London and Sir Ludwig Guttman, a German doctor who had fled Nazi Germany and was working at Stoke Mandeville hospital in England, organised an archery contest for World War II veterans who he was treating for spinal cord injuries. By 1952, this had become an international competition and by 1960 it was held in the same country as the Olympic Games and was no longer restricted to war veterans.

Since 1988, when the games were hosted in Seoul (South Korea), they have been held right after the Olympic Games and on the same site. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) agreed in 2000 to make the decision official and work towards making the games more inclusive.

Although the term 'Paralympic' originally referred to people with paraplegia, these days it is interpreted as 'Parallel Olympic Games', and it is intended that they be held jointly with the Olympic Games.

Spain has 83 confirmed places at the Paralympics and, at the moment, two athletes have qualified: Teresa Perales and Íñigo Llopis, both in swimming.

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    Susana Rodríguez, Paralympic triathlete

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    Eva Moral, Paralympic triathlete

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    Sara Revuelta, Paralympic basketball player

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    Desirée Vila, Paralympic athlete


Iberdrola has been supporting Spanish sport for more than two decades through global agreements with the Spanish Higher Sports Council (Consejo Superior de Deportes - CSD) and the Spanish Olympic and Paralympic Committees (COE and CPE), as well as with various sports federations.

This support has earned it the Gold Plaque of the Royal Order of Sporting Merit, the highest distinction awarded to sport in Spain, and the Stadium Cup for its special contribution to the promotion of sport through actions such as its collaboration with the Universo Mujer programme.

The company sponsors the Spanish Paralympic Team through the Paralympic Objective Sport Support (ADOP) Plan — an initiative of the Paralympic Committee — since its creation in 2005. It also awards annual university scholarships to Paralympic athletes, with the aim of improving their professional preparation.


In 2016 Iberdrola became the first company to make a firm global commitment to equality and empowerment for women through sport. Through its support for the CSD's Universo Mujer programme, it sponsors 16 women's sports federations: gymnastics, triathlon, rugby, canoeing, badminton, football, handball, volleyball, hockey, table tennis, athletics, karate, boxing, surfing, ice sports and fencing.

Thirteen athletes from these federations — Carolina Marín, Sandra Sánchez, Maialen Chourraut, Nuria Vilarrubia, Teresa Portela, Maria Xiao, Miriam Casillas, Lili Fernández and Elsa Baquerizo — have already secured a place at the Tokyo Games, as have three national teams: handball, artistic gymnastics and hockey.


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