KUALA LUMPUR: FWD Takaful Berhad (formerly known as HSBC Amanah Takaful [Malaysia] Berhad) has signed a sponsorship agreement with National Sports Council (NSC) to formalise the company’s RM5 million sponsorship towards supporting the development of the country’s para-athletes.

FWD Takaful is the first Malaysian Takaful provider to pledge sponsorship for the para-athletes and collaborate with NSC to motivate, empower, and shine a spotlight on the Malaysian para-athletes.

The sponsorship covers costs of sports equipment, training, attire, travel and other related expenses for the Malaysian Paralympic team ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. FWD Takaful will also be providing Takaful coverage for all Paralympic athletes during the sponsorship.

“At FWD Takaful, we value those that dare to be different and strive for excellence regardless of their physical limitations. This sponsorship ensures that these para-athletes are given support to train and compete at their full potential,” said chief executive officer of FWD Takaful, Salim Majid Zain.

FWD Takaful’s sponsorship will include programmes to groom the athletes nationwide and identify potential athletes to send to international tournaments such as Kejohanan Sirkit Kebangsaan.

There will also be events to discover new national para-athletes such as Karnival Sukan Para and Kem Pembangunan Bakat.

More than 2,000 para-athletes will be taking part and competing in these events.

Dato’ Ahmad Shapawi Ismail signed the sponsorship on behalf of NSC, while Minister of Youth and Sports, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman was present to witness the signing ceremony held at the Kampung Pandan Paralympic Sports Excellence Centre.

The signing ceremony yesterday followed FWD Takaful’s mock cheque presentation of the RM5 million contribution at the launch of the National Sports Month at KL Sports City on October 12.