Investing in talented youth and role models who will lead the future of the sports community in Kuwait remains a core pillar of the bank’s CSR efforts and sustainability agenda
Kuwait – 7 April 2021: Driven by its mission to promote Kuwait’s aspiring athletes, Burgan Bank announced its latest sponsorship of Wheelchair Fencing Titleholder, Tareq Al-Qallaf, for the seventh consecutive year. Maintaining his first place position and positive spirit throughout his tenure as a sportsman and world champion, Tareq Al-Qallaf prepares to once again represent his country in the 2021 international tournaments. Serving as an exemplary example of willpower and determination, his successes reinforce the belief that conviction in ones self and their abilities will empower both the sports community and the special needs segment.
Despite the exceptional circumstances that the world is going through, Burgan Bank continues to support Al-Qallaf’s passion for the sport and his drive to excel. World Champion, Tareq Al-Qallaf will kick off his global tour in several states preceded by training camps in each starting with Pennsylvania in April, followed by the Philadelphia Championship in July and the Ohio Championship in October. Finally, he will be participating in the second ‘Kuwait Challenge’ in November 2021, in compliance with the health and safety standards and regulations.
Manager - Public Relations at Burgan Bank, Ms. Hessa Hussain Al-Najadah said: “Built on the ethos “Driven by you.. Motivated by sustainability”, Burgan Bank takes pride in sponsoring local sports talents whose resilience and commitment make them an inspiration to the society. Al-Qallaf is a true source of motivation and we remain a prominent supporter of the Kuwaiti role model in local and international fencing competitions. We celebrate the successes together, as partners and as catalysts for growth, working to achieve a common goal – to raise the profile of the Kuwaiti youth and elevate their role in the national and global sports community.”
Wheelchair Fencing Titleholder, Tareq Al-Qallaf commented on the 2021 sponsorship by Burgan Bank, “I would like to thank Burgan Bank for its continued confidence and belief in my talent for seven consecutive years. The bank’s strong support has always inspired me to achieve more successes in my favorite sport and accomplish my childhood passion. Through its contribution all these years, ‘Kuwait’ has become a part of the international sports forums. My message to the young atheletes is to define your goal, believe in your talent and persevere until your achieve your dream.”
As a proud contender in global arenas, Al-Qallaf has participated in many international competitions during his sports career. Over the years, he won the ‘Sword of Honor’ as the best performing global player and more than 8 world cups as best player in the world. Al-Qallaf has raised the bar on athletic performance having won a total of 395 gold, silver and bronze medals including more than 15 Royal Sword honors. Furthermore, with the continued help of the bank, Al-Qallaf set a new standard in the sport of sabre fencing by bringing the popular sport to Kuwait for the first time wherein he played against US wheelchair fencing champion, “Rick Swauger”.
Falling in line with its community program, ‘ENGAGE’ – Together to be the change, Burgan Bank sheds light on important aspects affecting every segment of the society by promoting social welfare through educational, cultural, social and health initiatives. Burgan Bank’s approach to 'ENGAGE' begins with a vital principle that as a Kuwaiti financial institution, its conduct and policies should be aligned with the needs and interests of the Kuwaiti society.