Ottobock supported athletes at the 2021 Paralympic Games in Tokyo
The 16th Summer Paralympic Games were held from 24 August to 5 September 2021. A total of 4,400 athletes will participate in 22 disciplines and compete in 539 medal rounds. Ottobock will continue the company’s unique history at the Paralympic Games by once again serving as the Official Technical Service Partner in Tokyo and providing the athletes with free maintenance and repair services.
Exciting competitions in Tokyo
32 of our Ottobock ambassadors attended the Paralympic Games in Tokyo. In various sports and disciplines they showed great effort and exciting competitions. We are proud and congratulate them on their great archievements and medals.
In total they won 21 medals - 5x Gold, 8x Silver and 8x Bronze:
Jeremy Campbell (athletics, F64) – discus
Panfeng Feng (table tennis, class 3) – single
Panfeng Feng (table tennis, class 3) – double
Johannes Floors (athletics, T62) – 400m
Ambra Sabatini (athletics, T63) – 100m
On 17 August Ottobock opened the doors of its Technical Repair Service Center in the Paralympic Village. Athletes could have their equipment maintaned and repaired there before and during the competitions. Because wheelchairs, prostheses, orthoses and other aids are exposed to extreme loads during the use. 106 technical experts from 24 countries supported the Paralympians and Paralympic Family with their expertise and great enthusiasm. From simply inflating a wheelchair tire to complex repairs.
Overall, 2083 repairs were carried out:
Wheelchairs: 1490 repairs
Prostheses: 328 repairs
Orthoses: 59 repairs
Other equipment: 206 repairs
Meet our technicians
In preparation for the Paralympics in Tokyo, a giant Allen Key went on a world tour from February 2021. He visited the technicians who supported the athletes in the Repair Service Center in Tokyo.
See here which stations the Allen Key has traveled and find out more about our team on site. What is their passion for the job? And what experiences have they already been able to gain at Para sport events?
Chuan Meng – China
Where do you work, and what is your role there?
I work as Technical Service Supervisor for wheelchairs at Ottobock China.
How long have you been working at Ottobock?
For 21 years.
What Paralympic Games have you already attended, and in what role?
I took part in the 2008 Summer Paralympic Games in Beijing and the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang. I also provided support at several regional events for people with disabilities during the same period.
What is your best Paralympic memory?
Seeing the passion the athletes bring to their competitions.
What are you looking forward to most in Tokyo?
I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with many different technicians and to making a contribution to the Paralympic Games.
Last question: how would you say “See you in Tokyo” in your native language?
This has two meanings for me. The first refers to friends I have never met before in real life: I look forward to seeing them soon. The second meaning is for those I have known for a long time: I look forward to seeing them again!