International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced Japanese sportswear brand Asics as their official kit and shoe supplier in a multi-year agreement.
Asics will serve as the official supplier of the International Paralympic Committee and all the para-sports under its umbrella until the end of 2020. The agreement will benefit a number of para athletes and developing national paralympic committees.
The global brand, known for its upper price range products, will supply official sportswear and shoes for the IPC and the independent paralympic athletes teams at official events.
From 2019 the deal will further extend to all officials of the World Para-Swimming, World Para Powerlifting, and World Shooting Para-Sport at major events, including the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Asics will also supply competition kits for around 300 para athletes for the Tokyo 2020.
IPC President Andrew Parsons said, “This is an agreement that not only benefits the IPC and the summer World Para Sports, but the wider paralympic movement.
“We are particularly delighted at the commitment of Asics to support the Independent Paralympic Athletes team and a number of developing NPCs on the road to Tokyo 2020.”
Asics Chairman and CEO Motoi Oyama said: “We are thrilled to be able to support the International Paralympic Committee as an Official Supplier. Paralympians’ courage and determination give dreams and hope to people around the world.”
“In addition to further promoting the Paralympics, we wish to promote awareness towards a better world, as well as the development of social infrastructure, in order to realise a truly inclusive society. Through our efforts with the IPC, we aim to contribute to a healthy and sustainable society.”
Since September 2016 ASICS has been the official supplier of World Para Athletics, an agreement that extends through until the end of 2020. ASICS is also a Gold Partner of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.