What Are the Paralympic Games?

Held in the same city at the end of each Olympic Games, The Paralympic Games is a festival of sport where athletes with disabilities can compete. Paralympics, named from “Parallel + Olympics,” was hosted for the first time as the 1960 Summer Games in Rome, Italy. To date, the Summer Games has been hosted 14 times. The Winter Games, 11 times.

Japan’s First Official Worldwide IPC Partner

Panasonic signed with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), an Official Worldwide Paralympic Partnership agreement over 6 years and 2 months, from 2014 until 2020. Through the provision of audio visual equipment and services for 16 years, from the Nagano 1998 Paralympic Winter Games through the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, Panasonic has contributed to the peace and prosperity of the global community, as well as the promotion of sport competition for athletes with disabilities. Going forward as the Official Worldwide IPC Partner, we will continue to provide accessible products and services to various people including those with disabilities and the elderly, and continue to support the Paralympic Movement.

About the Paralympic Symbols

The Paralympic symbol has been referred to as the “Three Agitos.” Agito means “I move” in Latin. The three colors – blue, red, and green – represent the colors most frequently used in national flags. The three colored crescents encircling a central point symbolize motion, and emphasize the goal of the Paralympic Movement to bring athletes together from all corners of the world to compete. In addition, the symbol represents the Paralympic motto, “Spirit in Motion,” embodying the tenacious spirit of the Paralympian. It depicts the Paralympic athletes who continuously inspire and move the world. It represents the spirit to endure and always move forward.

the Paralympic Symbols

Solutions for the Paralympic Games

As an official partner, Panasonic has long supported International Paralympic Committee. Starting with the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, we will further enhance our support by adding the following four amenities:

The Shower

A bath-style showering experience. Surrounding shower heads envelop the body in warmth regardless if standing or sitting.

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Wearable Power-Assisted Suit

An assisted device to reduce the physical burden of lifting heavy items during loading and unloading

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Aqua Heart (Bath / Sink)

Barrier-Free washstand for nursing homes

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Home Elevator

Installation in private homes to allow wheelchairs and seniors comfortable access between floors

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Initiatives at Olympic Games Rio 2016

Kid Witness News

Kid Witness News

Panasonic held an awards ceremony in Rio de Janeiro for the KWN (Kid Witness News) Global Contest 2016. The ceremony was held during the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games with special cooperation from the International Paralympic Committee.

Closing Ceremony

Closing Ceremony

Panasonic made the largest-ever delivery of LED Large-Screen Display Systems to the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Panasonic assisted the production of the Closing Ceremony with video solutions.