POSTED: Thursday March 31st 2011

BP Partners with Sports Journalists Association's Olympic Question Time

The Sports Journalists Association (SJA) is partnering with London 2012 Official Partner BP to present an Olympic Question Time on Tuesday 5th April in the London County Hall Debating Chamber.

An international panel of Olympic experts will sit face to face with an audience of Britain’s leading sports journalists to debate hot topics surrounding the staging of the 2012 Games.

The debate will be introduced by the SJA's President, Sir Michael Parkinson, and chaired by broadcaster Sybil Ruscoe.

The panellists are:

• Hugh Robertson, the Minister for Sport
• Paul Deighton, chief executive of LOCOG
• Baroness Campbell, Chair of UK Sport, the funding agency for Britain's Olympic sports
• Pat McQuaid, president of the international cycling federation (UCI) and IOC member
• Alan Abrahamson, Olympic journalist, formerly with the LA Times and NBC.

Lively debate is expected on a range of subjects ahead of the Games, covering topics such as ticket prices, Britain’s post-Olympic sporting legacy, budget challenges and drug testing.

BP will also be using the event to help communicate its partnership with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as the role that its Target Neutral programme could play in contributing to a lower-carbon Games. .

“We are delighted to welcome BP as our partner in this event and are appreciative of their support,” Barry Newcombe, the SJA chairman, said.
"Last year ahead of the General Election we staged a similar event with the sports spokesmen of the three leading political parties and generated headlines for the rest of the week. We are sure that our Olympic Question Time will be just as newsworthy."

Places in the audience for the event are limited, and the SJA expects there to be a high demand. Priority will be given to those who are registered as delegates to the SportAccord Convention and SJA members. To attend the event, you need to register online at


Notes to Editors

About The Sports Journalists Association

The Sports Journalists Association was founded in 1948, and is an association for professionals working in sports media in Great Britain. SJA is recognised by AIPS, the international sports press association, and by the British Olympic Association, as the single competent sports journalism organisation within Great Britain. 

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About BP

BP is the Official Oil and Gas Partner and a Sustainability Partner for the London 2012 Games. Together with Games organisers and other London 2012 partners, BP will work to inspire the millions of people who will watch the Games to think about the mobility choices they make every day and to consider new possibilities.

BP is committed to offsetting the CO2 emissions from the 5000 Games vehicles that will move athletes, volunteers and officials between the large network of venues. But that’s just a start. Our top priority is to expand our vehicle carbon calculator to help everyone calculate, reduce and offset the CO2 associated with more forms of transport during the year leading up to the Games and, when the big moment arrives, travel to and from the Olympic events themselves.

BP is supporting six outstanding British athletes - Jessica Ennis, Lizzie Armitstead, Richard Whitehead, Shelly Woods, Stef Reid and William Sharman - as they prepare for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. We’ll be following their journey as they train and fulfil their commitments as top international athletes. On that journey we’ll be measuring the CO2 produced by the transport they use and advising them on effective ways to reduce those emissions. What remains we’ll be neutralising for them though our not-for-profit offsetting initiative.

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