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Acer signs up as major sponsor for London 2012

LONDON - The International Olympic Committee has signed computer manufacturer Acer as a major sponsor of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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Acer will join The Olympic Partner Programme on January 1 2009, which will position it as the official worldwide partner in the computing hardware category for the Vancouver 2010 winter Olympics, as well as London 2012.

The Taiwanese company replaces Lenovo, the Chinese computer giant, which announced yesterday that it will end its Olympic backing after the Beijing games in 2008.

Jacques Rogge, IOC president, said, "For the Olympic Movement, this partnership will deliver funding to help stage the Olympic Games in Vancouver and London, technology and services to manage the logistical demands, and people to staff some of the most critical functions.

"In addition, the relationship will play an important role in the promotion of the Olympic Movement and sport across the globe."

Other IOC top partners include Coca-Cola, Kodak, GE, Visa and McDonald's.

JT Wang, chief executive of Acer, said: "The universality of the Olympic Games will exercise a strong influence on us, as it will contribute to gathering people together beyond prejudices and in full respect of diversity.

"This principle is at the basis of our mission and commitment to making technology universal and free from any limitation."

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