Standard Chartered Belt & Road relay marathon hits Dar streets     

16Apr 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Standard Chartered Belt & Road relay marathon hits Dar streets     

CHINESE Ambassador to Tanzania, Wang Ke, yesterday flagged off and participated at the historic Standard Chartered Bank’s Belt and Road Relay marathon, which was led by eight athletes from the bank's diverse footprint in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas.

Standard Chartered Bank’s employees compete in the Belt and Road Relay marathon, organized by the bank, and took place in Dar es Salaam recently. PHOTO: CORRESPONDENT

The 10-kilometer unique marathon held in the country’s commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, involved staff from the Chinese Embassy, bank's local staff, clients and other Tanzania runners.

The marathon is part of the bank’s continued commitment to Belt and Road initiative, and the positive impact of the initiative to communities and businesses globally.

Winners of the historic and monumental event for the male local category include Liu Jang (Chinese Embassy), followed by Anthony Silayo (Standard Chartered Bank) and Wi Wang Fen (Chinese embassy), while for female category winners are Asia Rambo, Zainab Tweve and Donatha Charles (all from Goal Initiative Girls). Winners for the foreign athletes’ category are Henry Li (China), followed by Herman Kambugu (Uganda) and Jack Missin (UK). Other foreigners, who participated in the race, are Therese Neo (Singapore), Danny Chang (Malaysia), Serena Leung (Hong Kong), Dina Elessaway (Dubai), Lynsey McGarry (America) and the eight-member athletics team is managed by England’s Selina Donald. The foreign athletes participate in running events across 44 Belt and Road markets within a 90-day period.

Tanzania becomes the 31st market out of 44 along Standard Chartered Bank’s Belt & Road Relay.

Addressing journalists soon after announcing and awarding the winners of the event, the bank’s Chief Executive Officer, Sanjay Rughani, said: "The Belt & Road initiative is the most ambitious and far-reaching project of its kind in the world today. We are present in two-thirds of the Belt & Road markets, and our rich heritage, deep local knowledge, and unparalleled connectivity mean that we’re ideally placed to help our partners, clients, and communities to make the most out of the initiative."

“By traversing these markets on foot and engaging clients, governments, media, and communities, our Standard Chartered Belt & Road Relay athletes will showcase our commitment to be the One Bank for the Belt & Road.”

The Standard Chartered Belt & Road Relay kick-started in Hong Kong on 17 February 17, this year in conjunction with the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon, which is one of the biggest sports events in the city with over 74,000 runners, and will end in China on 11 May, 2019 after the Belt and Road Forum.

Rughani described the Belt and Road initiative as core to Standard Chartered. He revealed that in 2017, the bank committed additional financing for Belt and Road projects of at least USD 20 billion by 2020, and was involved in more than 50 Belt and Road deals worth more than USD 10 billion across a range of products and services.

“So far, Standard Chartered has been involved in nearly 100 Belt & Road projects with more than 50% of these projects belonging to transport infrastructure covering mostly the African and South Asian countries,” he said.