SBI General Insurance extends support to empower the first international ‘four a side’ wheelchair handball championship

The specially abled athletes selected by The Handball Association of India will represent India at the World Wheelchair Handball Championship at Cairo, Egypt, conducted by the International Handball Federation (IHF).

Mumbai, September 19, 2022:  SBI General Insurance, one of India’s leading General Insurance companies will be supporting 10 specially abled athletes from Phoenix Sports selected by the Handball Association of India, who will be representing India at the first four a side World Wheelchair Handball Championships in Cairo, Egypt. SBI General Insurance will further empower these athletes by financially supporting them for this championship which is scheduled from September 20 – 25, 2022.

According to a resolution made by the IHF’s Executive Committee on July 6, 2022, the first-ever HFO Wheelchair Handball World Championship in Egypt will have six competing teams and will feature two teams from Europe, the Netherlands & Slovenia, South & Central America, Brazil, and Chile, as well as one team from Asia, India, Africa and Egypt each. The competition, which is slated to begin on October 6, 2022, in Cairo, kicks-off with a preliminary phase face-off before the championship's final round.

Commenting on the association, Shri Anand Pejawar, Deputy Managing Director, SBI General Insurance said, “SBI General being a responsible corporate believes in meaningful contribution through its CSR programmes which focuses on various areas and segments. Sports is an integral focus area, and we constantly explore and support various sports forms and/or athletes. We are happy to associate with Phoenix Sports & Handball Association of India that will support 10 specially abled athletes with a distinctive platform to compete. This program being the first of its kind for this category of athletes, we hope that initiatives like this will inspire greater participation and support for the community enabling India and Indian athletes succeed at a global stage.” 

Mr. Saikrishna Hatangadi, from Phoenix Sports said, “There is immense sporting talent amidst our specially abled athletes. This four a side wheelchair handball championship is a first of its kind event being conducted by IHF and we are delighted with support of SBI General Insurance our wheelchair athletes can represent the country on a global competitive platform such as this, for the first time. We are immensely proud of our athletes and hope they will go on to win bigger laurels”

In line with the focus on sports as a focus area, SBI General has consistently extended support to potential athletes / sports persons from difficult backgrounds, enabling world class training for them in association with JSW-IIS (Inspire Institute of Sports). This year, SBI General is supporting Inspire Winter Sports Excellence Program (IWSEP), a new sport in association with JSW IIS, which will train, guide and support the athletes in gearing up for the upcoming Winter Olympics 2026, thereby strengthen SBI General’s contribution to Indian sports.

About SBI General Insurance Company Limited:

SBI General is one of the fastest growing private general insurance companies, with the strong parentage of SBI, we at SBI General Insurance, are committed to carry forward the legacy of trust and security; and have a vision is to become the most trusted general insurer for a transforming India.

Ever since our establishment in 2009, from 17 branches in 2011, we have expanded our presence to over 137 branches pan-India. Till date, we have served over 10 crore customers. We have been awarded ‘Insurer of the Year’ in the non-life category at FICCI Insurance Industry Awards, for two consecutive years.

We have a robust multi-distribution model encompassing Bancassurance, Agency, Broking, Retail Direct Channels and Digital tie-ups. The widespread network of distributors like 22000 plus SBI branches, Agents, Other financial alliances, OEMs, and multiple digital partners enables us to extend our reach to the pocketed remote areas of India.

We offer a bouquet of products spread across wide range of line of businesses to cater to customers in all segments like Retail, Corporate, SME and Rural, ensuring the accessibility in both forms i.e., digital as well as physical.

Our CSR programme is driven by the mission of serving the most vulnerable communities and people at risk with sustainable interventions that can help in enhancing their lives. In line with this objective, we have been associating with various NGOs and/or programs to contribute to various areas aligned with our focus areas of CSR philosophy, like health, road safety, sanitation, education, sustainability & livelihoods, and sports.

SBI General Insurance reported a 11% growth in Gross Written Premium (GWP) in FY 2021-22 and the GWP stood at INR 9260 crore. With the increasing need of health insurance, we have a very channelized strategy for health insurance business, which has reflected in 50% growth in health insurance GWP for the FY2021-22.

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