Omega replaces Swatch as official timekeeper of Olympics

MUMBAI: Omega from the Swatch Group will be responsible for the timing and scoring systems and services, as well as the on-venue results management, at the Turin 2006 Olympic Winter Games, the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.



Omega underscored this key step for the company with the recent unveiling of a special 'countdown' clock in Tiananmen Square in Beijing. The clock will count down the time remaining until 8 August 2008. That is when the Games of the XXIX Olympiad will open in Beijing.



Swatch had participated in three Olympic Games as the Official Timekeeper (1996 in Atlanta, 2000 in Sydney and 2004 in Athens. The company was also responsible for on-venue results systems and integration services. The Swatch Group has now decided that its most traditional timekeeping brand worldwide Omega will assume this responsibility.



Official timekeeping and on-venue results management demand an enormous investment in human resources and equipment. More than 300 timekeeping experts attended this year's Olympic Games in Athens, and more than 350 tons of material were used.

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