Through the Partnership, Citi Aims to Raise Awareness for the Paralympic Movement, Support Para Athletes, and Advocate for Societal Change in Perceptions around Disability
HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - January 8, 2019 - Citi
today announced that it has entered into a partnership agreement with the International
Paralympic Committee (IPC) to become an international partner
through 2020 and to support National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) in 18 territories
as they prepare for upcoming World and regional Championships, as well as the
Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
The 18 National Paralympic
Committees (NPCs) Citi will sponsor include: Australia, Chinese Taipei,
Colombia, Costa Rica, Great Britain, China Hong Kong, India, Indonesia,
Ireland, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines, Poland, Singapore, South
Africa, Thailand, and the UAE.
Citi serves clients through a
local presence in each of these 18 NPC communities and will engage fans through
integrated marketing campaigns and promotions to generate excitement and
national pride around the extraordinary accomplishments of the countries' Para
athletes. Citi will also work to help support the day-to-day needs of individual
"Citi and the IPC are ideal
partners because we share a deep passion for helping to foster a more diverse
and inclusive society," said Citi CEO Michael Corbat. "These athletes have
overcome adversity to achieve the world's most elite level of sporting
excellence. Their strength, perseverance and determination is truly what makes
them exceptional, and we look forward to supporting their journey to compete on
the global stage."
Angel Ng, Chief Executive
Officer, Citi Hong Kong and Macau said, "At Citi, enabling progress is our business. As part
of our effort to demonstrate Citi's ongoing support and commitment to promoting
diversity and inclusion, we are so proud to announce our partnership
with the International Paralympic Committee. It is an opportunity to
support a more inclusive society and celebrate para athletes who inspire others
to strive for excellence and equality. Embracing diverse teams,
ideas and possibilities helps us to be the best."
"We are delighted that Citi
joins the IPC as our third international partner and that the company's support
extends to NPCs spanning four continents, as well as a number of Para
athletes," said IPC President Andrew Parsons. "Citi has been involved in the
Paralympic Movement for more than six years and we look forward to working
closely with them to explore opportunities to further awareness of how our work
transforms society and drives social inclusion."
James Lam, Chairman of the Hong Kong Paralympic Committee & Sports Association
for the Physically Disabled said, "We are honoured to be included in the
partnership agreement between Citi and the IPC. With the unfailing support of
Citi, we look forward to further raising public awareness about Para sports in
Hong Kong and encouraging people with physical disabilities to participate in
sports. Potential athletes can then be identified to receive trainings, represent
and fight for the glory of Hong Kong."
Citi began its
relationship with the Paralympic Movement in 2012 with its sponsorship of the U.S.
Olympic and Paralympic Teams. During that time, Citi has supported eight U.S.
Paralympians and featured them prominently in their marketing campaigns,
supported U.S. Paralympic sports programs, as well as featured them in colleague
engagement promotions. In 2018, Citi served as a sponsor of the International
Wheelchair Rugby Federation Wheelchair Rugby World Championship in Australia,
World Para Swimming Allianz European Championships in Ireland, Asian Para Games
in Indonesia, and Para Powerlifting Americas Open Championships in Bogota.
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About International Paralympic Committee
International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the
Paralympic Movement. It co-ordinates the organisation of the Summer and Winter
Paralympic Games, and serves as the International Federation for 10 sports, for
which it supervises and co-ordinates the World Championships and other
competitions. The IPC's vision is to enable Para athletes to achieve sporting
excellence and inspire and excite the world.
About Hong Kong Paralympic Committee & Sports Association
for the Physically Disabled
Hong Kong Paralympic Committee & Sports Association for the Physically
Disabled (HKPC&SAPD), previously named the Hong Kong Sports Association for
the Physically Disabled (HKSAPD), was established in 1972 under the leadership
of Founding President Prof. Sir Harry Fang and a group of rehabilitation
enthusiasts. The Association plans, organizes, develops and promotes sports to
the physically disabled. Potential disabled athletes are then be identified,
trained and selected to represent Hong Kong in overseas competitions.
Association was recognized as National Paralympic Committee (NPC) by the
International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and renamed as HKPC&SAPD in 2005. It
is authorized to select Hong Kong Team members to participate in the major
multi-sport games such as Paralympic Games, Asian Para Games and competitions
sanctioned by international sports federations. The Association is committed to
promulgating Paralympic Movement, as well as enabling local paralympic athletes
to achieve sporting excellence.