Mumbai: Sachin Tendulkar has accompanied the Kabaddi camp, becoming a proprietor of Chennai-based franchise which is included with three other groups when you look at the fifth season of VIVO Pro Kabaddi League.
The announcement associated with four new teams – names yet to be decided – from Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana – was produced by Mashal Sports, organiser and administrator regarding the league and its particular parent organisation STAR India on Friday.
The Chennai-based franchise is owned by a consortium – Iquest Enterprises Private Limited, which include Tendulkar and serial entrepreneur N Prasad.
The JSW Group, Adani Group and GMR Group are the other three owners of the brand new Pro Kabaddi League teams.
Uday Shankar, Chairman and CEO, Star India said, “I’m delighted to welcome some of India’s finest corporates to our Mission Kabaddi.”
“We believe that with the support of existing and new partners we are well on our course to realising a socially transformative sports agenda. The interest shown by these corporates is evidence of the immense potential of Kabaddi.”
Using this, VIVO Pro Kabaddi is positioned to surpass other Indian sports leagues in terms of geographical representation – 11 states, quantity of matches – 130+ matches and period of the tournament – 13 weeks.
Janardan Singh Gehlot, President, International Kabaddi Federation, said, “We laud Star India and Mashal Sports for uniquely transforming and renewing Kabaddi, and their relentless efforts to scale it even higher.”
“The addition of 4 new teams to the ever-growing VIVO Pro Kabaddi League signifies a promising road ahead for the sport in India as well as over the world.”
This growth adds to a currently impressive line-up of 8 franchises based away from major metros in the country – Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Patna, Pune and Jaipur.
Earlier this week, Star India launched a breakthrough deal with VIVO India, the global smartphone major – because the title sponsor associated with league for five years.