Oyu Tolgoi congratulates Mongolian Para Athletes

Team returns with six medals from Japan Para Athletics Competition

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia ( - Four athletes from the Para Athletics Association of Mongolia travelled to Oita, Japan in late September, achieving great success in the Para Athletics World Cup. Rio Tinto, the managing company for the Oyu Tolgoi mining project sponsored the team’s travel to Japan.

Following the competition, a note of thanks was sent by the team.

“On behalf of the athletes and the association we would like to thank Rio Tinto for your recognition of social awareness and responsibility” :said Batdorj B., President of Para Athletics Association of Mongolia.

The athletes did an outstanding job representing their country, winning three gold and three bronze medals. Their accomplishments demonstrate the ability of all Mongolians to succeed, regardless of circumstances.

“I am very pleased to hear about the great success of the athletes in Japan” :commented Oyu Tolgoi Vice President David Paterson. “On behalf of Oyu Tolgoi, I would like to commend them for their efforts and we wish them more success in the future.”

Special congratulations go to Munkhbat G, who won double gold in 1500 and 1800 metre classification (T-13 category), Mungunshagai E. for another gold medal in 400 metre classification under T-46 category, and Sambuudanzan G., who won three bronze medals in F-56 category.

About Oyu Tolgoi (

Oyu Tolgoi LLC is Mongolia’s largest copper and gold mining company and is a strategic partnership between the Government of Mongolia (34 per cent stake), Ivanhoe Mines (66 per cent) and Rio Tinto. Rio Tinto is the major shareholder in Ivanhoe Mines and the manager of the Oyu Tolgoi project. In addition to dividends from its 34 per cent stake in Oyu Tolgoi, the Government of Mongolia will receive taxes and royalties.

Oyu Tolgoi, located in the Gobi desert in southern Mongolia, will be one of the largest and highest-grade copper and gold mines in the world. It is the largest project ever developed in Mongolia, requiring a capital investment for phase 1 of more than US$6 billion. 

Oyu Tolgoi is committed to contributing to a sustainable future for Mongolia. At least 9 out of 10 employees will be Mongolian once the mine is in production and Oyu Tolgoi is investing US$58 million dollars (78 billion tugriks) in training and education and an additional US$27 million dollars (36 billion tugriks) in the Workforce Employment Project designed to help address the general skills shortage in Mongolia.

Oyu Tolgoi’s key priorities are the health and safety of employees, best-practice environmental management, contributing to sustainable communities and always doing business with integrity, for the benefit of all the project’s shareholders and the people of Mongolia.

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About Oyu Tolgoi LLC (

Oyu Tolgoi LLC, Mongolia's largest copper and gold mining company, is a strategic partnership between the Government of Mongolia, Turquoise Hill Resources and Rio Tinto. Located in the South Gobi, Oyu Tolgoi commenced shipment of product to customers in July 2013. Oyu Tolgoi is managed by Rio Tinto, which is investing global expertise and cutting-edge technology to help develop Mongolia’s mining industry and ensure Oyu Tolgoi is one of the world’s most advanced mines. For Oyu Tolgoi, nothing matters more than safety. The business operates under the principle that if a job cannot be done safely, it will not be done at all.

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