Otto Bock Becomes Second London 2012 Paralympic-only Sponsor

01 Feb 2011 By IPC

The London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has appointed Otto Bock as the official Prosthetic, Orthotic and Wheelchair Technical Services Provider for the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Otto Bock becomes a Tier Three supplier and provider and the second Paralympic-only sponsor.

Otto Bock will work with LOCOG to provide athletes competing in the London 2012 Paralympic Games with immediate repairs for orthoses (devices which support the limbs), prosthetics (replacements for limbs) and wheelchairs.

During Games-times they will set up and manage repair centres at the three Paralympic Villages: Stratford, Weymouth and Eton Dorney. They will also create and manage smaller repair centres around other competition venues and mobile units at selected competition venues.

LOCOG Commercial Director Chris Townsend said: ‘The appointment of Otto Bock demonstrates our approach to staging the Games – keeping athletes at the centre of everything. Otto Bock brings significant experience at Paralympic Games and they will become a vital part of the team, ensuring those athletes coming to the London 2012 Paralympic Games have a magnificent experience and are able to compete at their optimum levels.’

Chairman and CEO of Otto Bock, Professor Hans Georg Näder

‘We are delighted with this news and very much look forward to making the 2012 Paralympic Games a huge success for London. The types of sporting events and competitor levels within them are growing constantly, so the challenge for our team of technicians is to ensure the best possible care for all athletes to help them perform to their greatest ability on the day.’

In Beijing, approximately 4,000 athletes competed and Otto Bock technicians handled 2,188 repairs.