April 17, 2006
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
“The 15th Asian Games Doha 2006”
POCARI SWEAT announced as the official sports drink for Doha 2006
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd (OPC; Head Office: Chiyoda-ku Tokyo, President: Tatsuo Higuchi; Tel: +81-3-3292-0021) officially signed a partnership agreement designating POCARI SWEAT as the official sports drink for Doha 2006 with The Olympic Council of Asia and the Doha Asian Games Organizing Committee. The signing ceremony of the agreement was held in Doha, Qatar on April 11th.
OPC first sponsored the 13th Asian Games in Bangkok, and later the 14th Asian Games in Bussan, South Korea. The 15th Asian Games in Doha becomes the third time that OPC joins the Asian Games as an official partner. During Doha 2006, POCARI SWEAT Base Camps are going to be set up at the Athletes' Village to support athletes for the maintenance of their physical conditions and for better understanding of proper re-hydration.
Mr. Abdulla Khalid Al Qahtani, Director of the Doha Asian Games Organizing Committee, congratulated the participation of OPC to Doha 2006 and gave a comment as follows. "POCARI SWEAT is well-known among the participating nations and is the favorite drink among sportspersons here in Qatar. We are very proud that the fame and recognition of the 15th Asian Games has attracted Otsuka Pharmaceutical."
Hiroshi Sakamaki, Senior Operating Officer of OPC, said "We are very pleased and honored to be a part of the 15th Asian Games Doha 2006 consecutively after the 13th and the 14th Asian Games. For the purpose of contribution to the world health, we have been trying to enhance the public interests in healthy re-hydration. We regard the participation to this event as a part of our activities for the contribution."
OPC strives to contribute to the health of people around the world based on its corporate philosophy of "Otsuka-people creating new products for better health worldwide."
Information in this news release was current as of the original release date.