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Igor Klaja

EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year Class of 2021, Poland

Igor Klaja, CEO of OTCF S.A.

Athletes are dressed for success with Igor Klaja’s designer sportswear.

Photographic portrait of Igor Klaja

Igor Klaja

Igor Klaja remembers the thrill of seeing the first Olympian athlete wear his brand of clothing, just 15 years after he had launched his sportswear business. Today, OTCF is a leading manufacturer and distributor of sports clothing, supplying Olympic teams and sports associations across Europe.

Igor started out selling sportswear to supermarkets but quickly saw an opportunity for a Polish sports-fashion brand. In 2003, he launched a retail business selling all-season sportswear, which became 4F, under the umbrella group OTCF. A pivotal moment for the business came when Igor designed teamwear for the Polish Ski Association. A collaboration with the Polish Olympic Committee quickly followed, and since then 4F has dressed athletes on six national teams for both the Summer and Winter Games.

With many sporting events canceled during the pandemic, Igor has plowed his energy into perfecting online offerings and developing a line of professional sports nutrition products. He also set up the 4F Helps Foundation, which has donated over a million face masks to support the health service.