12/09/2016

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

The 4350 athletes competing in the 23 sports will be welcomed by a 100-strong technical service team for maintenance and repair of running blades, sport wheelchairs and any equipment they rely on for competition and everyday life

Ottobock opens the doors to its Technical Service Repair Centers for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

A 650m2 Ottobock Technical Repair Service Center in the Athletes’ Village has today opened to provide Paralympians with equipment repair and maintenance services during the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Ottobock, the Official Prosthetic, Orthotic and Wheelchair Technical Service Provider to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games has been fulfilling this unique behind-the-scenes role as a Partner to the Paralympic Games since 1988. The company will also operate technical repair service centers track and court side in 14 competition venues.

The Ottobock Technical Service Centers are often compared to the pit lane in motorsport, with technicians racing to return athletes to the action, and are always a hive of activity. However, Ottobock provides technical service for all athletes and teams. With 4350 athletes competing in 23 different sports and using a wide variety of equipment no two repairs at the Paralympic Games are the same.

On its first days in action, the Ottobock Technical Service Team has already conducted 387 crucial repairs for Paralympic athletes from 69 countries and in 20 sports as they make their final preparations ahead of the start of competition.

More than 2000 repairs, with 200 on peak days, are expected to be completed in the Ottobock Technical Repair Service Centers, which will be operational for a total of 28 days and close following the athletes departure from the village after the closing of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

“The days before competition starts are always very busy. However, Ottobock has been a Partner to the Paralympic Games for 28 years and this is the 14th Paralympic Games providing technical service,” said Peter Franzel, Ottobock’s Rio 2016 Organising Director. “With a 100-strong technical service team we are well prepared for everything from routine repairs to complicated issues that require many years’ experience and creativity to solve. Paralympians trust they can rely on this expertise and the quality of service and innovation that Ottobock is renowned for providing people with limited mobility around the world.”

Facts and Figures

• A 100-strong technical service team includes prosthetists, orthotists, wheelchair technicians and welders, supported by drivers, logisticians, reception and support staff.
• Technical service team member from 29 countries: Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Lebanon, Netherlands, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, Ukraine and USA.
• 26 languages spoken.
• 18 tonnes of equipment and specialist machinery.
• 15,000 spare parts.
• 28 days of 24/7 service.

Daily facts, figures, news and images on all the action from the Ottobock Repair Service Centers will be published at www.ottobock.com/rio2016 and on our Facebook page Passion for Paralympics. You can also follow all the action at https://twitter.com/ottobockHQ_en or https://twitter.com/ottobockHQ_de.

Notes to the Editors

• Ottobock develops med-tech products and fitting solutions for people with limited mobility in the areas of prosthetics, orthotics, mobility solutions (wheelchairs, rehab solutions) and medical care. Subsidiaries in more than 50 countries offer ’Made in Germany‘ quality all over the world, and are supported by more than 7,000 employees. Since its founding in 1919 Ottobock has been a family enterprise, and since 1988 Ottobock has supported the Paralympic Games with its technical know-how.
• Ottobock has been supporting people with disabilities participate in sports and recreation for more than three decades. Ottobock sportsline includes running blades, specialist knee joints for summer and winter sports, rugby and basketball wheelchairs. This enables people with disabilities to enjoy a wide range of running, ball, court, snow and water sports.
• Ottobock is the longest serving partner to the Paralympic Games starting at the Seoul 1988 Paralympic Games and has been an official Worldwide Partner of the Paralympic Movement since 2005.

For further information and images, and accredited and rights holding media attending the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games who wish to visit the Ottobock Technical Service Center in the Athletes’ Village, please contact:

Anna Parisi
Paralympic Marketing and PR
T: +44 (0)7584 162563
E: anna.parisi@ottobock.com