IOC Extends Olympic Partnership with Official Timekeeper Omega to 2032

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) recently announced an extension of the global Olympic partnership with Omega.

Omega has been the official timekeeper of the Olympic Games since the 1932 Games in Los Angeles, with the extension highlighting a 100 years of partnership and making Omega the first Worldwide Olympic Partner to commit through 2032.
The announcement was made in in Lausanne, Switzerland where leaders of both the IOC and Omega gathered. Thomas Bach, IOC President; Nick Hayek, CEO of Swatch Group and Chairman of Omega; and Raynald Aeschlimann, President and CEO of Omega were all present at the meeting at the Olympic Museum.

IOC President, Bach, expressed enthusiasm over the extended partnership,

Omega is the world’s leader in sports timekeeping, and the extension of our agreement through to 2032 means Olympic athletes will continue to be able to rely on Omega’s expterise. 2032 is an important milestone, as it will mark 100 years since the Olympic Movement was first able to count on Omega’s timekeeping solutions.

Hayek, the CEO of Swatch Group, added,

The Olympic Games is one of the most emotionally-stirring events in the world, with an Olympic medal was the ultimate sporting dream. Its message of unity through sport is deeply compelling for people everywhere. From whichever media platform available, people tune in and cheer for their favoured athletes. We at Omega are honoured, that since 1932 we have been part of creating this emotion by measuring the fractions of a second or the distances that will decide between gold, silver, and bronze. We are happy and proud to continue this tradition until 2032, which will mark one hundred years of partnership between Omega and the Olympics. 

Omega has a rich history of developing and introducing cutting-edge timekeeping equipment, including the starting pistol, touch pads for swimming, and most recently, the Scan ‘O’ Vision MYRIA photo-finish camera. The MYRIA photo-finish camera has the ability to capture 10,000 digital images per second, and made its Olympic Games debut in Rio.

More can be read about the extended partnership here