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Allianz officially began its eight-year worldwide partnership with the Olympic Movement on 1 January 2021.

The global insurance company will now work with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to provide insurance solutions and services to support the Olympic Movement.

Since announcing the partnership in September 2018, the insurer has engaged fans, athletes, teams and employees through various health initiatives across four pilot markets: Australia, China, France and Spain. Allianz presented the Australian Olympic Committee’s Wellbeing Week to showcase ways to improve mental health. Allianz also worked with the Organising Committee of the Olympic Games Paris 2024 to encourage people to walk and run for “Club Paris 2024”, an initiative to move and be part of the Games.

“Having announced this new agreement in 2018, our teams have already been working together in key pilot markets to support athletes and the Olympic Movement,” said IOC President Thomas Bach. “As we begin this new Olympic year, we are excited to begin in earnest our global collaboration with Allianz.”

Having supported the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) since 2006, most recently as an international partner, Allianz now also becomes a “Worldwide Paralympic Partner” as part of this agreement, following the establishment of a long-term partnership between the IOC and IPC in March 2018, which sees all Worldwide TOP Partners also supporting the IPC and the Paralympic Games.

“Allianz brings global visibility to the athletes and values of the Paralympic Movement, and we look forward to our next phase working together,” added IPC President Andrew Parsons.

Allianz will now expand its engagement initiatives to connect with athletes and fans across the world. This will include offering consumers and employees the chance to take part in the Beijing 2022 Olympic Torch Relay and engaging young people with the spirit and values of the Olympic and Paralympic Movements at its Allianz Sports Camps.

“Allianz is proud to be the Worldwide Insurance Partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Movements,” said Oliver Bäte, Chief Executive Officer of Allianz SE. “As a supporter of the sports ecosystem and through the shared core values of excellence, friendship, inclusion and respect, Allianz and our 148,000 employees and 100,000 agents are excited to care and deliver for athletes, their families and their ambitions.”

Allianz’s eight-year partnership period will cover the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, the Olympic Games Paris 2024, the Olympic Winter Games Milano-Cortina 2026 and the Olympic Games LA 2028. The company’s support has already seen the Milano-Cortina 2026 Organising Committee move its headquarters into the Allianz Tower in Milan.

Source: https://www.olympic.org