Ottobock, Duderstadt, Germany, and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) have agreed to a new four-year deal, extending their worldwide partnership through 2020 to include the Summer Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Ottobock became the first worldwide partner of the IPC in 2005 and has provided technical services for equipment used by Paralympians since the 1988 Summer Paralympic Games in Seoul, South Korea.
“Because of [Ottobock’s] lengthy involvement, I think they…have observed more than most the evolution of the Paralympic movement,” said Philip Craven, MBE, IPC president.
“In the 11 years Ottobock has been an IPC worldwide partner, we have seen tremendous growth in the popularity of the Paralympic Games, and the opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in sport,” said Hans Georg Näder, president of Ottobock. “Over the next four years we are looking forward to working alongside the IPC to strengthen the Paralympic Movement through improved access to mobility equipment and patient care.”