Samsung has announced an extension of its partnership with the International Olympic Council through to 2028
The South Korean company with a strong presence here in Ireland will continue as the Worldwide Olympic Partner in the wireless communications equipment and computing equipment category, including the ability to promote the Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and 5G features of that equipment.
As part of the agreement, the IOC and Samsung will further develop their strategic digital collaboration to engage young generations around the world.
At the Winter Olympics earlier this year the company gave 4,000 Special Edition Galazy Note’s to athletes cpoaches and those involved in the Games.
“I am delighted that we will be building on two decades of partnership with Samsung for another 10 years,” said IOC President Thomas Bach as the deal was announced.
“Over this time, we have built a partnership combining Olympic excellence and Samsung’s industry-leading wireless communications technology. Together, we are able to connect with and inspire Olympic athletes and fans around the world, and we look forward to working with Samsung to build the digital future of the Olympic Games.”
“As a Worldwide Olympic Partner for the last 22 years, Samsung has been inspired by the spirit of hope, friendship and unity,” added Dong Jin Koh, President and CEO of the IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics.
“Through our innovative wireless and computing equipment which are able to support AI, VR, AR and 5G technology, we hope to spread the excitement of the Games so that fans and athletes around the world can stay connected and share in the journey to achieve greatness at the highest level of sportsmanship.”
Samsung will continue its support beyond the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, and will support every edition of the Olympic Games through to Los Angeles 2028, as well as all the Youth Olympic Games through to 2028.
Samsung will also continue to support the IOC, the National Olympic Committees and their teams. Samsung’s first Games as a Worldwide TOP Partner were the Olympic Winter Games Nagano 1998. Samsung will also continue as a Worldwide Partner of the International Paralympic Committee, extending a relationship that began in 2006.
In collaboration with the IOC and the Organising Committees, Samsung plans to continue its Athlete Phone Programme.
This programme provides Limited Olympic Edition Galaxy phones to all participating Olympic and Paralympic athletes to enhance the athletes’ Games-time experience, help them stay in touch with their family and friends, and capture and share their journeys.
Samsung is currently one of 13 Worldwide Olympic Partners alongside Coca-Cola, Alibaba, Atos, Bridgestone, Dow, GE, Intel, Omega, Panasonic, P&G, Toyota and Visa.
Alibaba, Allianz and Samsung have agreements in place through to 2028. Omega and Visa have agreements through to 2032. The remainder are currently signed up through to either 2020 or 2024.
In Ireland Samsung are partners of Leinster Rugby.