OMEGA and the Olympics

Celebrates 80 years as 'Official Timekeeper' of the Olympics.

As the countdown ticks away towards the London Olympics 2012, OMEGA assumes its role as the Official Timekeeper for the 25th time at this Games. This year it celebrates its 80th anniversary as the Official Timekeeper. At an event organised at the Omega Boutique in Hyderabad today, OMEGA wished luck to ace badminton player and Olympian Jwala Gutta for the upcoming games.

Speaking about the London 2012 Olympics Stephen Urquhart- President, OMEGA said, "Omega is looking forward to returning to London again to time the Olympic Games for the first time in 64 years. He said: ‘In 1948, the last time the Olympic Games were held in this city, OMEGA was responsible for timing each discipline in every sport. That edition of the Games is remembered for the technological milestones in timekeeping: the photoelectric cell, our fully-automated timing system and the first photo finish camera ever used at an Olympic Games. Then, as now, we were proud to be at the service of the International Olympic Committee and the world's great athletes."

This year, OMEGA’s timekeeping and data-handling professionals are actively involved in preparations for the competition where, for the 25th time, the Swiss specialists will serve as Official Timekeepers at the Olympic Games. The Games in London will take place over a 17-day period beginning on the 27th of July. Some 10,500 Olympic Games athletes and officials from more than 200 countries will make it among the largest Olympic Games ever.