The announcement took place one day ahead of the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Guiyang 2015, the first World Cross Country Championships to be held in China.
“It gives me great pleasure to join with our partners SINOPEC to mark this important moment on the road to the IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015,” said IAAF President Lamine Diack.
“In 2010, Sinopec became an official partner of the IAAF and its World Athletics Series of events which includes the IAAF World Cross Country Championships here in Guiyang and this August’s track and field championships in Beijing.
“Sinopec began its partnership with the IAAF at the end of 2010 as a partner of that year’s Continental Cup and as the title sponsor of the IAAF World Championships. It has long been active in sports development in China.
“The Sinopec Group has since 2008 been the world’s third largest oil refiner and last year was ranked number three in the Fortune 500 List of the world’s top companies.
“The IAAF is delighted to be associated with such a prestigious partner,” added Diack.
"In a year that sees our IAAF World Athletics Series begin and end in China, our partnership with Sinopec gives added value to the world athletics family and strengthens athletics presence in China and Asia.
“IAAF championships like those in Guiyang and Beijing would not be possible without the support of our official partners. The IAAF offers its global sponsors the global attraction of the sport of athletics.
"With more than 200 national federations, the IAAF has a worldwide reach great than that of the United Nations. It’s the only sport that can bring 213 countries together.
“The IAAF World Championships in Beijing will be the biggest sporting event in the world in 2015 and nine days of competition, involving about 2000 athletes, will be broadcast to an accumulated audience of six billion people around the world.”
“On behalf of the Chinese Athletics Association (CAA), I want to extend our appreciation to Sinopec, we have had great cooperation with them and it is a win-win situation for everyone,” added CAA Director Du Zhaocai.
“For many years Sinopec has been working very hard to promote sport and with just 148 days to the opening ceremony of the IAAF World Championships in Beijing this collaboration between the IAAF and SINOLUBE will be very helpful to one of the top three sports events in the world,” added Du.
“This a new milestone in cooperation between the IAAF and SINOLUBE as well as recognition by the IAAF of SINOLUBE’s brand and quality. It also marks the global expansion ambitions of SINOLUBE through the involvement of with the IAAF World Championships,” commented SINOLUBE Party Secretary Gou Lianjie.
“In terms of athletics, the vibrancy, passion and positive health values that athletes disply is very much in line with SINOLUBE’s mission to promote excellence and a positive spirit.
“SINOLUBE also actively promotes the importance of a healthy lifestyle and through its efforts we hope more people enjoy athletics and enjoy the benefits of a healthy and happy lifestyle,” added Gou, who revealed he was also a regular recreational runner.