IOC Press Release: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today signed an extension to its current partnership agreement with Atos Origin to include the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and the 2012 Olympic Games. 

Atos Origin, the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games since 2001, were an important partner and provider in the last two Olympic Games and is currently preparing for the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino and the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. 

IOC President, Jacques Rogge, welcomed the extension to the Olympic partnership and continued involvement of Atos Origin in the Olympic Games. 

“The Olympic Games could not happen without the use of Information Technology. The IOC is delighted to extend its partnership with Atos Origin for a further four years to 2012,” Rogge said. 

“Our partnership is built on trust, knowledge and expertise and we are confident that Atos Origin will do an outstanding job for the Torino 2006, Beijing 2008, Vancouver 2010 and the 2012 Olympic Games,” Rogge continued. 

Director of Technology, Jean-Benoit Gauthier, said Atos Origin has played a crucial role in the success of the last two Olympic Games in Salt Lake City and Athens

“Part of our success over the last two Games can be attributed to the outstanding team at Atos Origin and their ability to work with all technology partners and the respective Organising Committees as one team to deliver a seamless Olympic Games,” Gauthier said.

“This extension until 2012 will ensure current and future Organising Committees can effectively plan and that knowledge can be transferred from Games to Games,” Gauthier explained. 

Chairman of the Management Board and Chief Executive Officer, Atos Origin Mr Bernard Bourigeaud, said that he is proud of the long-term partnership with the IOC and the Olympic Movement. 

“We fully embrace all the challenges associated with such an historic, highly visible and monumental event. We will continue to deliver innovative and creative technology solutions to ensure that future Olympic Games will be staged successfully and enjoyed by a larger global audience,” Bourigeaud said. 

“Our continued success is attributed to the outstanding teams of dedicated professionals working tirelessly behind the scene to leverage technology, and shared experiences to support the Olympic Games across different geographic locations, cultures and languages,” Bourigeaud said. 

“Atos Origin currently has teams on-site in both Torino and Beijing preparing and testing Olympic IT systems for the 2006 Winter and 2008 Summer Games,” Bourigeaud said.  

As the Worldwide IT Partner for the Olympic Games, Atos Origin will be responsible for developing, running and securing key information systems for the Games, including: 
·  Core Games management systems for accreditation, workforce management, medical services, sport entries and athletes qualification
· The Games Info system for the collection and dissemination of all competition data on the Intranet and Internet to the world’s media
· Operations management of pre-Games central operations, management of the Technology Operations Centre, coordination of the IT systems at all Games venues
· Security of the Games IT infrastructure