POSTED: Tuesday October 27th 2009

IOC and Visa Extend Partnership to 2020

Worldwide Partners currently confirmed for Vancouver 2010 and London 2012 are: Coca-Cola, Acer, Atos Origin, GE, McDonald's, Omega, Panasonic, Samsung and Visa.


International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced an extension to
its current partnership with Visa Inc. through to 2020, including the
XXII Olympic Winter Games (2014) in Sochi, Russia; the Games of the
XXXI Olympiad (2016) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; the XXIII Olympic
Winter Games (2018); and the Games of the XXXII Olympiad (2020).

announcement was made at a signing ceremony held today in Moscow,
Russia, which was attended by Jacques Rogge, IOC President; Rupert
Keeley, Group President, Visa Inc.; and Dmitry Chernyshenko, President
and CEO of Sochi 2014.

In 1986, Visa became one of the founding
members of the Worldwide TOP Partner programme. The announcement means
Visa will continue as the exclusive payment services sponsor for the
Olympic Games and the only card accepted through to 2020.

President Jacques Rogge said: “Our partnership with Visa demonstrates a
shared commitment “ to the future of youth and sport, to the future
of the Olympic Games and to the strengthening of the Olympic ideals and
values we respect. On behalf of the IOC, the 205 National Olympic
Committees around the world, and the athletes themselves, I would like
to thank Visa, its clients and partners for their commitment through to
the 2020 Olympic Games.”

Gerhard Heiberg, Chairman of the IOC
Marketing Commission, said: “The staging of the Olympic Games, as well
as the operations of the Olympic Movement as a whole, would not be
possible without the support of our TOP Partners, and we are delighted
that Visa will continue to be a key partner for the Olympic Movement.
As an organisation, Visa is a leader not only in the world of global
payment technology, but also in its support for sports events and
athletes around the world.”


Joseph Saunders, CEO and
President, Visa Inc., said: “The Olympic Games transcend political and
geographical boundaries to deliver incomparable international exposure
and broad-based audience interest appealing to virtually every
demographic.  They stand as one of the premier sporting and cultural
events in the world and we are delighted to extend our sponsorship
through to 2020.”


For further information, please contact the IOC Communications Department, Tel: +41 21 621 60 00, e-mail:

To contact Visa: Andrew Woodward, Head of Marketing and Sponsorship CommunicationsVisa Inc., +1 415 307 6795,


Click here for more information on the Worldwide TOP Programme

Partners currently confirmed for Vancouver 2010 and London 2012 are:
Coca-Cola, Acer, Atos Origin, GE, McDonald’s, Omega, Panasonic,
Samsung and Visa.

Atos Origin, Panasonic and Samsung have extended their partnerships until 2016.

Coca-Cola, Omega and Visa have extended their partnerships until 2020.

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Keywords · IOC · VISA · Vancouver 2010 · London 2012 · Sochi 2014 · Rio 2016

Name: Sandrine Tonge
Organization: IOC International Olympic Committee
Phone: +41 21 621 60 00

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