Paralympics Ireland is celebrating this morning after being included as one of 18 National Paralympic Committees to be included in a new partnership agreement between the International Paralympic Committee and Citi.
The global bank has a strong presence in Dublin and was a partner in terms of the volunteer programme around Ireland’s hosting of the 2018 Allianz European Para Swimming Championships.
Now it has stepped up its worldwide engagement with Paralympics through to Tokyo in 2020 and will be offering support to the local teams in each of Ireland as well as Australia, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Costa Rica, Great Britain, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines, Poland, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, and the UAE.
This is a similar global and local partnership model that has also been applied by Allianz and Toyota both of whom are valuable supporters of Paralympics Ireland as well.
“We are thrilled to be included in the partnership agreement between Citi and the IPC,” said Miriam Malone, CEO of Paralympics Ireland speaking to Sport for Business last night.
“This is a signal that Ireland are seen as one of the most prominent nations in Paralympic sports. We already have a great relationship with the Dublin branch of Citi having worked with them on the recent European Swimming Championships at the Sport Ireland National Aquatic Centre in August.”
“We are very much looking forward to continuing our work with Citi as we prepare for the World Championships in 2019 and continue our preparations for Tokyo 2020.”
“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 making the announcement yesterday in New York.
“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.”
“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,” added 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.”
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. It has supported U.S. Paralympic sports programs, as well as featuring 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.