The International Paralympic Committee announces that the Bridgestone Corporation has become the organization’s seventh Worldwide Paralympic Partner.

Already a Worldwide Olympic Partner through to 2024, Bridgestone now has global rights to promote and support the Paralympic Movement over the same period.

Bridgestone also is a Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games Gold Partner and a partner of the Japan, Thailand and USA Paralympic teams. The company has supported several leading international Para athletes, including eight Bridgestone employees who are training to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Increasing its commitment to support the global Paralympic Movement aligns with the company’s “Chase Your Dream” message, which aims to encourage people to overcome obstacles and persevere in pursuit of their goals, Bridgestone Americas Inc notes in a media release.

“We are absolutely delighted that Bridgestone will become the IPC’s seventh Worldwide Paralympic Partner and believe the company’s ‘Chase Your Dream’ message enjoys perfect synergy with the aspirations of the Paralympic Movement and the IPC,” says IPC President Andrew Parsons, in the release.

“Part of the IPC’s vision relates to Para athletes achieving sporting excellence, in effect people with a disability chasing their dreams through Para sport at all levels of competition. By working together, I hope we can empower even more people around the world to chase their own dreams.

Masaaki Tsuya, chief executive officer and representative executive officer, Bridgestone Corporation, comments, “Bridgestone is honored to become a Worldwide Paralympic Partner and further support the IPC’s important mission to create a more inclusive society through Para sport.”

As part of its ongoing support for the Paralympic Movement, Bridgestone Corporation is applying its tire and rubber expertise to develop advancements in equipment for Para athletes in Japan, including new rubber soles for prosthetics and rubber grips for gloves. Through Bridgestone Cycle Co Ltd (Bridgestone Cycle) and Bridgestone Sports Co Ltd (Bridgestone Sports), the company also has provided bicycles, sports equipment, and technical support to Para cycling and wheelchair tennis athletes in Japan, the release continues.

[Source(s): Bridgestone Americas Inc, PR Newswire]