European Athletics is pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached with OMEGA, the manufacturer of prestige Swiss watches, to continue as the official timekeeper and data handling partner for European Athletics through 2013-2016.
The championship events covered in the agreement include the Zurich 2014 European Athletics Championships, the Amsterdam 2016 European Athletics Championships, the Göteborg 2013 European Athletics Indoor Championships and the yet-to-be awarded 2015 European Athletics Indoor Championships.
OMEGA will also provide its services for the European Athletics Team Championships, SPAR European Cross Country Championships, European Athletics U23 Championships and European Athletics Junior Championships during this four-year period.
The new agreement between the Swiss watchmaker and the governing body for athletics in Europe further strengthens a partnership first put in place with a contract that covered the period 2008-2012.
Commenting on the renewal arrangement, Stephen Urquhart, the president of OMEGA, said "In view of OMEGA's longstanding relationship with the world of athletics crowned by our role as Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games since 1932, we are pleased that we will again extend our expertise and worldwide resources to European Athletics.”
Hansjörg Wirz, European Athletics President, said, "We are extremely happy to continue our partnership with OMEGA for our programme of championships events. OMEGA is one of the most renowned global brands, one that fits perfectly with our values, and this agreement clearly shows the attractiveness of our events to the commercial market.”
Christian Milz, Director General of European Athletics, said, "OMEGA provides a first-class technical service at our championship events and we are happy they will continue to provide this valued service through an exciting period of sustained growth and development for our sport on the continent.”
European Athletics is the governing body for the sport of athletics in Europe and is based in Lausanne, Switzerland. As an innovative organisation, it has shown itself able to implement dynamic change while maintaining the stability of the sport and its associated values through its Member Federations.
Since 1932 OMEGA has been the Official Timekeeper of 24 Olympic Games and has extended its agreement with the International Olympic Committee through 2020. From its creation OMEGA's history has been replete with examples of innovation, record precision, audacious design, pioneering spirit and a tradition of excellence in watchmaking.
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