The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has extended its global partnership with the German prosthetics company Ottobock until 2032.
Ottobock had partnered with the IPC in the 1998 games in Seoul and has been a regular collaborator since then. The German company will be continuing to provide its technical maintenance services to athletes for the next six Paralympic Games.
Commenting on the extension of the partnership, Andrew Parsons, IPC President, said, “Ottobock are a powerhouse in the Paralympic Village – at the Games they quite literally keep the athletes moving.
“The presence of Ottobock’s dedicated and knowledgeable staff in the Village is so reassuring for athletes, as they know there is someone trusted to solve their technical issues should they arise.”
He further added, “I am thrilled that Ottobock are partnering with the IPC at the Paralympic Games until at least 2032, and are going to continue to be a valued member of the Paralympic movement.”
Ottobock’s chief executive, Philipp Schulte-Noelle, said, “The Paralympic Games show society how powerful sports can be.”
“They prove just how much people can achieve if they train with focus on a goal and believe in themselves. But they do more than that – they help to overcome barriers, and they epitomise courage, diversity and openness.”
“I’m proud that our company is a part of this and can continue to play its part in the future.”
During the recently held Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, Ottobock’s technical staff had offered free athlete assistance more than 2,000 times.
Ottobock has been playing a key role in the Paralympic Games by providing free 24-hour technical service to ensure Para athletes can play to their maximum efficiency. The company had deployed over 100+ technical service teams at the Tokyo Olympic village with tonnes of equipment and spare parts that ensured the smooth flow of the games.