GHP have signed a deal with the Swedish Paralympic Committee ©GHP

International health care provider GHP have agreed a partnership with the Swedish Paralymic Committee (SPC) to allow its top athletes access to medical care at their clinics. 

The link-up means those working towards the Rio 2016 Games will be able to benefit from the rehabilitation facilities on offer.

“We are proud to be part of Sweden’s Paralympic effort and to be able to help the athletes to perform at their very best,” said Daniel Öhman, chief executive of GHP.

“Elite athletes constitute a test of our knowledge, both medically and service wise, and this contributes to our continued development.”

The clinics included as part of the collaboration are based in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö.

With Sweden having secured 12 medals at London 2012 and four at the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympic Games, the SPC is confident the agreement will help their athletes secure further success.

They hope the clinics will offer conditions which are as optimal as possible as they build towards competitions, with the aim of continuing the development of both athletes and staff.

Sweden's wheelchair rugby team have already booked their place at Rio 2016
Sweden's wheelchair rugby team have already booked their place at Rio 2016 ©Getty Images

“The aim is to have larger and more competitive squads, so that Sweden can be one of the top 10 nations at the Paralympics,” said Jan Lexell, chief medical officer of the SPC.

“GHP’s strong network of clinics will strengthen and improve the capacity of our medical function.

“But it will also help us to ensure high-quality and accessible care for our elite athletes aiming for the Paralympics.”

Sweden have not finished in the top 10 countries at the Summer Paralympics since Seoul 1988, when they secured a total of 103 medals, including 42 golds, to finish in sixth place.

At the Winter Paralympics their last appearance in the top 10 came at Lillehammer 1994, where their tally of three gold, three silver and two bronze medals helped them finish eighth.

Anna-Carin Ahlquist, winner of a gold medal at London 2012 in the class three table tennis event, her team-mate Karl Forsman and the men's wheelchair rugby team last month became the country’s first confirmed participants at Rio 2016.