The International Paralympic Committee has extended its commercial relationship with Ottobock, the prosthetics manufacturer that is the longest-serving sponsor of the Paralympic Games, until 2032.
Through the extension, Ottobock will provide the next six editions of the Paralympics – starting with Beijing 2022 and running through to Brisbane 2032 – with its technical repair and maintenance services.
Germany-based Ottobock has been an international partner of the IPC since 2005, with this extension continuing an overall commercial relationship that dates back to the 1988 Seoul games.
The previous renewal between the pair was sealed in 2016, prior to the Rio Olympics in the Brazilian city.
Ottobock will continue to serve in the athletes' village and at the various competition venues across each edition until the close of the Brisbane games in 11 years’ time.
For the Tokyo Paralympics, which finished over the weekend, Ottobock deployed more than 100 experts to its base in that Japanese city, providing technical assistance on more than 2,000 occasions (according to IPC figures).
Andrew Parsons, president of the IPC, said: “Ottobock is 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…
“I am thrilled that Ottobock is partnering with the IPC at the Paralympic Games until at least 2032.”
Professor Hans Georg Nader, owner and chairman of the Ottobock board, added: “We've been supporting Paralympic athletes for more than 30 years with our technical services.
“Ottobock’s commitment to Paralympic sports has long since become part of our DNA, so I'm delighted that we can continue this partnership and officially support the Paralympic Games for the next 11 years."
The other worldwide IPC partners are Airbnb, Atos, Bridgestone, Coca-Cola, Panasonic, Samsung, Toyota and Visa.
In 2018, the International Olympic Committee and the IPC reached an agreement that resolved that in future cycles all top-tier IOC sponsors would have rights to both the Olympics and Paralympics.
Alexis Schaefer, commercial and marketing director at the IPC, is set to leave the organisation imminently after two decades in charge of partnerships and sponsorship agreements.
He announced in June that he would step down after the Tokyo Paralympics, and the Ottobock extension will be one of his final acts in charge.