The National Paralympic Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Citibank Kazakhstan JSC (affiliated with Citigroup), have partnered to advance Paralympic sports in the country while helping change perceptions of people with disabilities.

Citi will sponsor projects that help enable physical education among people with disabilities and further promote a culture of inclusivity in Kazakhstan, while also supporting the national Paralympic team as they prepare for next year’s Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

The face of the partnership will be Nurlan Dombayev, a two-time World champion, three-time Asian champion, two-time European champion, master of sports of International grade and currently the world’s highest ranked para-taekwondo fighter in his weight class.

Citi signed on to become an International Partner of the International Paralympic Committee in 2018. Kazakhstan is the 22nd country where Citi has partnered with the National Paralympic Committee (NPC). Along with its support of NPCs, Citi also is proud to support Team Citi, a group of 45 Para athletes, as well as various World Para Championships such as the 2019 World Para Athletics and Para Swimming Championships.

Kairat Boranbayev, President of the National Paralympic Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan, stressed the importance of supporting Kazakhstan's Paralympic sports: "We are especially pleased to receive the support of Citi, a world-renowned company with plenty of experience in promoting Paralympic sports. We hope that our partnership will play an important role in the development of an inclusive environment in the country."

Andrey Kurilin, Chairman of the Management Board of Citibank Kazakhstan JSC said: "We are honored to help support Paralympic sports in a country where we have invested from 90s and where recently Citi was recognized as the best international bank by the Asiamoney."