Earlier today, the Comité Paralímpico de Portugal announced that Jogos Santa Casa had become their primary sponsor through 2016. The immediate impact of this sponsorship deal will involve giving 15 scholarships a year worth €3,000 in cash to sportspeople preparing for the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio. The scholarships will be distributed to competitors through two two programs, Programa de Preparação Paralímpica Rio 2016 and Programa Surdolímpico Ancara 2017.
Jogos Santa Casa is a gambling company, who had €1,790 million in total revenues last year. They had profits of €541 million in 2012 off €1,790 million in total revenue. The spent €2,840,00 on sponsorship last year, up from €1,766,000 the previous year.
In London at the 2012 Summer Paralympics,Portugal only won three medals, a silver and two bronze. Two came in boccia, and one in athletics. This number was substantially fewer than the number the Portuguese team won in Beijing at the 2008 Summer Paralympics where Portugal won seven total medals. Five of those medals were in boccia, including one gold, three silvers and a pair of bronze medals. Portuguese athletes also got a bronze medal in swimming and a silver medal in athletics.