The Games’ Official Payment Services Partner is supporting five Paralympians in their training 29 Aug 2019
Hajimu Ashida joins Team Visa ahead of Tokyo 2020
By IPC and Visa
Visa has expanded its commitment to Paralympic athletes by announcing its “Team Visa” roster, as well as launching a donation programme ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Five Paralympic athletes will be supported in their training and preparations for Tokyo 2020 through the Official Payment Services Partner of the Paralympic Games.
Visa, also a Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Gold Partner, has again signed the USA’s Oksana Masters (cross-country skiing, biathlon, cycling and rowing); Brazil’s Daniel Dias (swimming); Canada’s Aurelie Rivard (swimming); Japan’s Monika Seryu (canoe), and Japan’s Hajimu Ashida (athletics).
Visa is the longest-standing global Paralympic partner (since 2003), and through its Team Visa programme – founded in 2000 – supports athletes by providing the tools, resources and other necessary support needed.
“The Paralympic Games presents a tremendous opportunity for amazing athletes to pursue their dreams both on and off the field,” said Lynne Biggar, Visa’s Chief Marketing and Communications Officer. “These athletes push through boundaries every day, and they are a terrific expression of what Visa stands for as a brand. We are proud to expand our support of Tokyo 2020 Paralympic athletes.”
Masters, with eight Paralympic medals in three different sports, will compete to medal in a fourth sport – cycling – at Tokyo 2020. She was named the Women's Sports Foundation's 2018 individual Sportswoman of the Year.
“It’s amazing to be a part of Team Visa and have a partner like Visa behind you believing in you and supporting you,” said Masters.
Visa’s support for Paralympic athletes also extends to leadership off the field with the Paralympian Business Development Programme that gives athletes exposure to different parts of Visa’s business they may not have otherwise had.
"The programme is testimony to how success in meeting the challenges of athletic competition can translate to a business setting," said swimmer and cyclist Kelly Crowley, a two-sport Paralympic medallist who now works at Visa on its talent acquisition team. “As we look forward to Tokyo 2020, the Paralympic Games is another important aspect of Visa’s commitment.”
Visa has also gone further by launching a donation-matching programme for Japanese cardholders.
Targeted for Japanese-based Visa card holders, Visa will match donations made from 25 August 2019 to 31 December 2020 via the programme page on the Japanese Paralympic Committee’s official website.