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Takeda, markets and distributes Ferrimed®, Reparil®, Piz Buin®, Emvit®and a range of prescription medicines in South Africa. Today they announced the sponsorship of the medical team for Team MTN-Qhubeka, making it the official medical supporter of the team for 2013 and beyond.

The sponsorship enables the Pro Continental, Team MTN-Qhubeka to receive the required medical monitoring and care as prescribed by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). This includes obligatory blood tests for UCI medical monitoring, maintenance of the athlete’s health booklet through quarterly assessments, treating sporting injuries and illnesses, advice on nutrition and training as well as participation in the Team Risk Prevention program to reduce the possibility of medical risks and optimise their future performance.

According to the agreement, the medical duties will be conducted under the watchful eye of South Africa’s leading sports physician, Dr. Jon Patricios. Dr. Patricios is the immediate Past President of the South African Sports Medicine Association and has been team physician for a number of national and international teams in various sporting disciplines including being the race doctor for the 94.7 Cycle Challenge. He conducted pre-competition medical assessments on the South African National Team, Bafana Bafana for the FIFA 2010 World and was a local medical consultant to several of the overseas-based teams.

MD of Takeda South Africa, Mr. John Norman says the medical support of Team MTN-Qhubeka merges the company’s background and innovation in health with activities that they have already been involved with in sport in general and cycling in particular. Takeda is already sponsoring other activities in cycling, initially commencing with developmental cycling.

According to Mr Norman, the sponsorship forms part of a broader agenda. “Over and above the sponsorship, Takeda will be spending the next couple of months working with an international nutritional biochemist to reformulate some of our multivitamin and mineral supplements so that they are better able to support athletes to optimise their natural abilities,” he concludes.

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