Lagos, July 17, 2015: Ahead of the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games, holding in Los Angeles, United States of America from Saturday, July 25 to Monday, August 3 2015, Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited has expressed confidence in the ability of Team Nigeria to fly Nigeria’s flag remarkably in Los Angeles and do the nation proud once more.

Speaking at a Send forth ceremony held in honour of the 42 athletes representing the country on Friday, July 17 2015 at Terra-Culture in Victoria Island Lagos, the Director, Public Affairs and Communications, Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited, Clem Ugorji; noted that the athletes have consistently demonstrated a remarkable ingenuity at the Games and will no doubt double their efforts at the 2015 edition.

According to Ugorji, Coca-Cola’s partnership and sponsorship of the Special Olympics movement over the years, is a demonstration of its commitment to transform the lives of special persons in the society through sports.

He said, “We have had a very exciting partnership with the Special Olympics movement across the world and in Nigeria. Beyond the partnership, this is part of our Corporate Social Responsibility efforts to empower people with disability with the opportunity to attain their potentials. Interestingly, we have two of our employees, Emmanuel Ekomabasi and George Osadalor, who will be featuring in the Unified Soccer Games. We are very proud of them and know they will do us proud.”

He added that through the Special Olympics, Coca-Cola is helping to promote an inclusive society that allows for everyone to make a success of their dreams, irrespective of whether they are physically challenged. “Disability is relative and it does not affect performance if presented with opportunity.” He concluded.

Chairman, Special Olympics Nigeria Board of Directors, Victor Gbolade Osibodu while commending Coca-Cola for adopting the Unified Soccer initiative that brings together an equal number of athletes with intellectual disabilities and other players to train and play as a team, described the beverage giant as a reliable sponsor, whose steadfast support has grown in leaps over the years.

The Nigerian contingent to the Special Olympics World Games will be participating in different sports including, Table Tennis, Athletics, Badminton, Aquatics, Basketball, Cycling and Unified Soccer. At the last games in 2013 held in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea, Special Olympics Nigeria carted away 49 medals, including Gold, Silver and Bronze.