Equality and Diversity
Controversial IT sponsor for Glasgow 2014
Atos to sponsor Commonwealth Games
An international IT services company has been unveiled as a sponsor of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Atos, which employs 1,500 people in Scotland, will deliver IT systems including providing the technology used to accredit up to 70,000 participants such as athletes, officials and volunteers.
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was joined by former athlete Steve Cram at Scotstoun stadium in Glasgow to make the announcement.
Ms Sturgeon said: “As well as bringing a major international sporting event to Scotland, hosting the Commonwealth Games is a tremendous opportunity to put Scotland on the road to a healthier and more successful future.
“This latest supporter deal, the fourth to be announced, is great news and will ensure the IT at Glasgow 2014 is amongst the best in the world.
Atos has been the subject of some negative publicity as a result in it’s technology and staff bring used in the highly controversial Welfare Benefits Reform programme not least through the new disability assessment process. Some disability commentators on Twitter responded to the sponsorship news with disappointment.
Dr Donald Macaskill
Source: Scottish Government and Press Association.