The ORLEN Group cooperates with the Polish Athletics Association, and the ORLEN Sports Group of individual athletes receiving financial support from PKN ORLEN included more than 30 title winners, of whom as many as 16 are track and field competitors.
In 2021, the European Para Athletics Championships were held for the first time ever in Poland. The event took place in Bydgoszcz and PKN ORLEN was its main sponsor. It is the fifth largest paralympic sporting event in the world in terms of the number of participants. About 1,300 athletes representing 40 countries competed in the Championships.
In 2021, the Polish athletics team had a lot of successes at major international sporting events, including ten medals at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Toruń, a gold medal at the European Athletics Team Championships in Chorzów, five medals, including two golds and three silvers, at the World Athletics Relays in Chorzów, and nine medals at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. The cooperation with the Polish Athletics Association also involved training of children and youth.
In the Athletics for Everyone! programme, more than 16,000 young people were able to develop their sporting interests. Support was also extended to 16 Regional Athletics Associations. Furthermore, PKN ORLEN continued to partner with the Polish Paralympic Committee, supporting disabled athletes participating in sports competitions. In 2021, the 16th Summer Paralympics were held in Tokyo. 89 Polish athletes arrived in the capital of Japan. The Polish Paralympic Team won 25 medals, including 7 golds, 6 silvers and 12 bronzes, which ultimately placed them in the 17th position in the medal table. The ORLEN Foundation awarded 22 scholarships to medal winners of the Tokyo Paralympic Games as part of its Life to the Full programme.