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Atos Origin extends Olympics IT contract

Atos Origin will continue providing IT services to the Olympics until 2016, the company announced yesterday.

It has extended its contract with the International Olympic Committee to include the 2016 summer games and the 2014 Sochi winter games in Russia.

Atos Origin has been the main IT services partner at the Olympics since 2002 and has been involved with the Olympics for 20 years. It said the contract is the world's biggest sports IT deal.

The company provides some of the event's main systems, such as the commentator information system, which relays information direct from each game to the media.

It also acts as the chief integrator, ensuring that the systems of all the suppliers work well together.

Atos Origin first provided systems for the Salt Lake City games in 2002, followed by Turin in 2006 and Beijing in 2008.

Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee, said, "Atos Origin, our long-term partner, is the brains behind the technology operations for the Olympic Games.

"The Beijing Olympic Games were spectacular and Atos Origin provided a crucial role in ensuring the success of the event from a technological perspective."

Atos Origin CEO Thierry Breton said the company is well-placed to deal with the demands of such a big contract after collecting several years' of experience. "As part of our mission for the Olympic Games, we are committed to delivering excellence and will continue to further improve our service from one Olympiad to the next," he said.


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