Bushman has been announced as the official insect repellent supplier for Australian athletes at Rio 2016 following concerns over the spread of the Zika virus in Brazil.
They are one of two companies to announce partnerships with the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) ahead of the Games, along with leading Outdoor media provider APN Outdoor.
Bushman, who were established in 1992, will help athletes in their efforts to combat the virus during August’s Olympic Games, which run from August 5 to 21, by providing them with their vast range of products.
Cases of the virus, which is spread by mosquitoes, have been rising across the country and the rest of the Americas and is a major cause for concern ahead of the Opening Ceremony on August 5.
Symptoms include fevers, rashes, joint pain and conjunctivitis while pregnant women have been advised not to travel due to a link between the virus and microcephaly - a condition which can lead to babies being born with small heads and under-developed brains.
The International Olympic Committee recently declared that Brazil was taking “significant steps” to address the problem in the run-up to the Games in Rio.
“We wish all the Australian athletes every success as they take on the best in the world during this prestigious event, and we are proud that our support will help keep them safe,” Bushman managing director Andrew Raper said.
“At Bushman, we pride ourselves on producing the best products to provide the right level of protection for people against blood-seeking and disease-carrying insects.
“Being asked to provide that for Australia’s Olympic athletes is not only an honour, but a wonderful endorsement of our products and our company.”
The agreement with APN Outdoor is the AOC’s first-ever deal with an outdoor media provider and the partnership will include all editions of the Olympic Games between now and Tokyo 2020.
It involves extensive advertising for the AOC across a range of platforms including billboards and X Track TV, which displays various media on digital panels on the Australian rail network, and will see the company become a team partner of the organisation.
“This is an exciting time for us as athletes are selected on the 2016 Australian Olympic Team," AOC President John Coates said.
"We encourage all Australians to be part of their journey and support their team.
“A partnership with APN Outdoor grants us access into to the everyday lives of Australians in a way we are keen to explore.
“With the help of APN Outdoor we will be able to bring the team into the public eye, when Australians are out and about, each and every day around our cities and we anticipate this partnership being long and mutually rewarding.”