Ottobock Healthcare is set to provide technical service for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. A company news release notes that Ottobock has been a Partner of the Paralympic Games since 1988. The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games will be the 13th in which Ottobock has provided technical service.
The release reports that as the Official Prosthetic, Orthotic and Wheelchair Technical Services Provider, the company will offer a team of prosthetists, orthotists, wheelchair technicians, and welders from across the region and its network worldwide. These individuals will be responsible for supporting the needs of the athletes from all competing nations and in all sports; maintaining and repairing any of the equipment they rely on to train and compete.
Hans Georg Näder, president and CEO of Ottobock Healthcare, outlines the company’s history in Latin America and its commitment to the people and growth of the region, adding “…Our Paralympic engagement is part of the company DNA and becoming a partner of the first Paralympic Games in Latin America is a natural progression of our commitment to both the region and Paralympic sport…” Näder says.
According to the release, Ottobock is reportedly the largest provider of prosthetics, orthotics and wheelchairs services and care in the region, as well as the primary provider of orthopaedic training. Additionally, in an effort to support the region’s pace of growth, a new headquarters has been built in Valinhos, Sao Paulo, with new facilities for the Ottobock Academy structure, enhanced services and a showroom displaying the latest in mobility technology.
Carlos Arthur Nuzman, president of the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, calls Ottobock’s 25 years of experience as a partner to the Paralympic Games and global resources “invaluable,” and says “We are delighted to have Ottobock on board to provide athletes the confidence and familiarity of a trusted partner. Their technical service support will ensure the smooth running of the Games and we look forward to bringing together the power of the Ottobock and Paralympic brands to engage people across the region and change perceptions of disability.”
The release states that it is anticipated the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games will attract 4,350 athletes from 176 nations to compete in 22 sports. They will compete in 20 venues across Rio de Janeiro where Ottobock will provide comprehensive technical service.
Photo Caption: Ottobock’s main workshop in the Athlete’s Village at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games will be similar to the ones at the London 2012 Paralympic Games
Photo Credit: Harry Engels/Getty Images for Ottobock