Team Citi Paralympic athletes push for more inclusion in sports

“Team Citi”- a diverse group of 41 Paralympics athletes from around the world who is competing in 13 sports proudly consists of Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta and Para Athletics Wheelchair Racer Jerrold Mangliwan. Both partner with Citi as ambassadors to support the company’s global efforts to foster a more diverse, inclusive society and help change perceptions of persons with disabilities.

Jerrold, Adeline, Lisa Coory, Aftab Ahmed and Mike Barredo

“This is a truly inspiring moment and I am honored to be part of this vision. Together, let us help grow the reach of Para sports and change mindsets about what disability means,” said Dumapong-Ancheta.

Citi Philippines country officer Aftab Ahmed

Meanwhile, “We need to be able to work towards a shared vision and get more people from all sectors of the society to engage themselves in the field of paralympic sports”, said Citi Philippines country officer Aftab Ahmed at the unveiling of a marketing campaign in support of Power Lifter Adeline Ancheta and Wheelchair Racer Jerrold Mangliwan who will both compete in the 10th ASEAN Para  Games which will be held at New Clark City  from January 15-25, 2020.

Mike Barredo
On the other hand, NPC Philippines president Michael Barredo said, “We look forward to working together for more years with CITI to further awareness of how our Para sports program can drive social inclusion.  “This partnership catalyzed our efforts in pursuing our vision of enabling our Filipino Para athletes to achieve sporting excellence and excite and inspire the world.”
The Para Wheelchair athletes played an exhibition game after the presscon.

Citi began its global relationship with the Paralympic Movement in 2012 with its sponsorship of the US Olympic and Paralympic teams. 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.