Rio Tinto, which manages the massive Oyu Tolgoi mine in Mongolia, is sponsoring two of the nation’s athletes for the Olympics.
The miner is helping to fund training, travel and other costs for Lkhamdegd Purevjargal, a judo champ, and Mandakhnaran Ganzorig, a free style wrestler, as they prepare for the London 2012 Olympics.
Rio Tinto has been working as a partner of the Mongolian National Olympic Committee, and is also providing the metal used in the medals awarded during the 2012 Olympics.
Mandakhnaran Ganzorig stated that “this is a wonderful gesture and I am glad that Rio Tinto is such an enthusiastic and visible supporter of Mongolian sporting ambition. Winning a medal is my biggest ambition and winning one containing Mongolian metal would be an added bonus”.
Cameron McRae, Rio Tinto Mongolia’s country director and president of Oyu Tolgoi, said he wished the two luck and hopes they come back with some medals.