Who sponsors the Olympic Games and who are the 2012 Olympic Table Tennis sponsors? Find out here...
The Olympic Games are famous for not having any advertising on the field of play.
So does that mean there are no sponsors for the Olympics?
Ever since the Olympic Movement was founded in 1894, it has depended on partnerships with the business community to help stage the Olympic Games.
And they're even more important today than ever before.
Commercial partnerships are the driving force behind the promotion, financial security and stability of the Olympic Movement.
This was made clear by Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee, who said...
"Without the support of the business community, without its technology, expertise, people, services, products, telecommunications, its financing - the Olympic Games could not and cannot happen. Without this support, the athletes cannot compete and achieve their very best in the world's best sporting event."
So let's take a quick look at Olympic sponsorship in general, and then take a look at the 2012 Olympic table tennis sponsors...
The International Olympic Committee's (IOC) commercial programme has four main objectives...
The IOC is also committed to the following...
So therefore the IOC has several different levels of sponsorship for the Olympics.
Let's take a quick look at those levels of sponsorship...
The Olympic Games reaches billions of people in over 200 countries and territories throughout the world and revenue generated by commercial sponsorships account for more than 40% of Olympic revenues.
Each level of sponsorship entitles companies to different marketing rights in various regions, category exclusivity, and the use of designated Olympic images and marks.
The top level of sponsorship for the London 2012 Olympic Games consists of 11 companies who have worldwide sponsorship rights.
These are organised and managed by the IOC.
Then there are additional (lower) levels of sponsorship which are managed by the host city, under the direction of the IOC.
These are domestic sponsorship programmes which grant marketing rights within the host country or territory only.
You can see all the London 2012 Olympic sponsors here...
So why does the host city need sponsors?
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) is responsible for preparing and staging the 2012 Games and they'll have to deliver the best possible Olympic and Paralympic Games experience for everyone involved.
With 26 Olympic Sports and 20 Paralympic Sports, it's the equivalent of staging 46 World Championships simultaneously.
They'll have 36 competition venues, 14,700 athletes, 21,000 media and broadcasters and 10.8 million ticket-holders, and they'll need a workforce of around 200,000 people.
As well as staging the Games themselves, LOCOG is also responsible for...
So International and UK commercial partners provide essential sponsorship to fund the staging of the Olympic Games.
Additionally, sponsors are required by the individual sports...
International Sports Federations (IFs) are the governing bodies that supervise a sport at international level ... so for table tennis that's the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).
The ITTF organise sponsors for their events and have awarded contracts to table tennis companies for the table tennis tables, table tennis balls, and the floor covering at the 2012 Olympic Games.
So who will be sponsoring the table tennis events?
The table tennis tables being used for the London 2012 Olympic Games will be supplied by DHS (Double Happiness Sports).
DHS are a Chinese company.
And then there's the...
The table tennis balls being used for the London 2012 Olympic Games will be supplied by Nittaku.
Nittaku are a Japanese company.
And finally the...
The table tennis flooring being used for the London 2012 Olympic Games will be supplied by Tinsue.
Tinsue are a Chinese company.
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