IPC and Atos Origin Sign Partnership Agreement

Stuttgart, (PresseBox) - Today, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) signed an agreement with Atos Origin to become its Worldwide IT Partner.

The signing ceremony took place at the Sports Training Centre for Disabled Chinese Athletes in Beijing, China. IPC President Sir Philip Craven, Wang Xinxian, President of NPC of China and Vice Chairperson of the China Disabled Persons’ Federation (CDPF), Lu Shiming, Executive Vice President of CDPF, Patrick Adiba, Executive Vice President, Olympics and Major Events of Atos Origin and Herbert Leung, Chief Executive Officer of Atos Origin Asia, attended the event.

Under the agreement between Atos Origin and the IPC, Atos Origin will contribute to the development of the Paralympic Movement through the creation of a system, which is designed to manage the athletes’ data, including results, biographical and classification specific information. Following the previous agreement Atos Origin signed directly with the Beijing 2008 Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (BOCOG), the agreement with the IPC enables Atos Origin to expand its Paralympic marketing rights worldwide.

"We heartily welcome Atos Origin to become the Worldwide Partner of the IPC. The Paralympic Games provide a stage for all athletes with a disability to demonstrate their strong spirit of meeting challenges as well as inspire and excite the world with their performances. We hope the Paralympic Games can further promote such a spirit and attract more companies like Atos Origin and individuals to support the Paralympic Movement," said Sir Philip. He also added: "The solution to be provided by Atos Origin shall help the IPC grow and offer better services to its members, National Paralympic Committees, athletes and competition organizers."

"We are honoured and proud to become the Worldwide IT Partner of the IPC. It marks a milestone in Atos Origin’s history of supporting both the Olympic and Paralympic Games, at a global level. It demonstrates that Atos Origin attaches the same level of importance to both the Olympic and the Paralympic Movements," said Mr. Adiba. "Atos Origin has been a strong believer in these international movements empowering people and helping them achieve goals they might not have otherwise believed they could attain."

During today’s signing ceremony, Atos Origin also signed an agreement with the National Paralympic Committee of China to sponsor Li Duan and Bian Jianxin, two Chinese Paralympic athletes, in defending their titles at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.

Atos Origin has primary responsibility for Information Technology, relating to IT consulting, systems integration, operations management, information security and software applications development for the Olympic Games. The Company has been the IT Partner of the 2002, 2004 and 2006 Paralympic Games and is currently working on the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. It has started the preparation for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games and will soon start the first steps for 2012 in London.

About the IPC

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement. The IPC organizes the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games, and serves as the International Federation for nine sports, for which it supervises and co-ordinates the World Championships and other competitions. The IPC is committed to enabling Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and to developing sport opportunities for all persons with a disability from the beginner to elite level. In addition, the IPC aims to promote the Paralympic values, which include courage, determination, inspiration and equality. Founded on 22 September 1989, the IPC is an international non-profit organization formed and run by 162 National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) from five regions and four disability specific international sports federations (IOSDs). The IPC Headquarters and its management team are located in Bonn, Germany.

Atos IT Solutions and Services GmbH

Atos Origin is an international information technology services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues are EUR 5.4 billion and it employs over 50,000 people in 40 countries. In Greater China region, Atos Origin has been present for over 10 years and currently employs 1,000 people in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taiwan, focusing on an end-to-end service model to "design, build and operate" IT solutions for key clients in such industries as finance, discrete manufacturing, petro chemicals and process industry, and energies. Atos Origin China is headquartered in Beijing. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, Atos Euronext Mark et Solutions, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting. For further information, please go to www.atosorigin.com.

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