Allianz Joins IPC Athletics as Global Partner
By Community | May 14, 2014
Financial services company Allianz SE has signed a one-year partnership with IPC Athletics, the International Federation for para-athletics of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), becoming their global partner.
Together, Allianz and IPC Athletics will develop joint programmes and digital assets to help raise the profile of both the sport and its athletes. In addition, Allianz will support three IPC Athletics Grand Prix events this year and August’s European Championships.
Sir Philip Craven, IPC President, said: “We are delighted that Allianz, a very trusted friend and partner of the Paralympic Movement, has become IPC Athletics’ first official global partner. Allianz has a strong and exemplary track record for creating engaging awareness campaigns that help to raise the profile of para-sport and leading athletes, and I am confident this partnership will help do the same for para-athletics.
“Following the success of London 2012, IPC Athletics launched a number of initiatives and competitions designed to get more people practicing the sport at the grassroots, whilst at the same time increasing the number of high level competition opportunities for leading athletes.
“The IPC Athletics Grand Prix and Marathon World Cup have been great successes since their introduction and, with Allianz supporting the sport, they have the potential to be even better in future years.”
“Allianz and the IPC have a long tradition in partnership,” says Werner Zedelius, Member of the Board of Management of Allianz SE and long-time para-sport enthusiast.
“The new partnership with IPC Athletics underlines our engagement for para-sport and our ambition to give people the opportunity to show their excellence.
“We regularly invite athletes to Allianz to share their experience. Para-athletes inspire our employees and customers with their motivation and their ability to overcome barriers.”
The new partnership with IPC Athletics extends Allianz’s support of the Paralympic Movement which dates back to 2006. As well as global involvement, nine Allianz companies support National Paralympic Committees in Australia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Sri Lanka, Switzerland and Ukraine.