Atos has been the IT Partner of the Paralympic Games since 2002
The Paralympic Games are elite sport events for athletes from different disability groups. However, they clearly emphasize the participants' athletic achievements, not their disability. The movement has grown dramatically since its early days. The number of athletes participating in the Summer Paralympic Games has increased from 400 athletes in Rome in 1960 to 4,250 athletes in London in 2012.
The International Paralympic Committee
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 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.
Sir Philip Craven, President International Paralympic Committee, said: “There is no doubt that the expertise of Atos business technologists had a positive impact on the success of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Atos helped the IPC to grow and offer better services to our members, National Paralympic Committees, athletes and competition organisers.”