The European Athletic Association (EAA) and Epson Europe B.V. (Epson) are pleased to announce an enhanced commercial partnership contract through to the end of 2007. This follows on from the previous successful agreement under which Epson supplied touch screen Commentator Information Systems (CIS) to the EAA’s premier events including the European Championships held in Munich in 2002.

The EAA and Epson will also co-operate in the development of improved technology and services that can add quality to the EAA’s events.

Epson Europe’s Chief Executive Officer, Ramon Ollé, said:

‘As a recognised global leader in digital imaging, Epson is proud to provide innovative technology that not only supports the EAA events but enables athletes to better understand and improve their performances. In the same way that Epson products enable people to exceed their expectations in the field of digital imaging, the EAA’s events give athletes from around Europe the opportunity to meet fresh challenges and set new records in the field of athletics.’

EAA President, Hansjorg Wirz, said:

‘The application of modern technology to international athletic events is becoming more important to provide the best possible service to television, the media and spectators. Epson is a leading company in this field and the EAA is delighted that the already successful partnership between the two organisations will continue at an even higher level.’

Under the new agreement, in addition to providing CIS facilities and printers, Epson will also underwrite the EAA’s data processing services at the following events:

European Championships, 2006 in Gothenburg, Sweden.
European Indoor Championships, 2005 and 2007.
SPAR European Cup, annually.
SPAR European Cross Country Championships, annually.
European Indoor Cup, 2004 and 2006.
European Junior and Under 23 Championships, 2005 and 2007.

For further information about Epson, please contact:
Helen Jeff, Corporate Communications, Epson Europe B.V.
Entrada 701
1096 EJ Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Tel: +31 (0) 20 – 314 5396
Fax +31 (0) 20 – 314 5010

For further information about the EAA, please contact:
Nicolas Russi
Tel: +41 79 405 7405