Initially deliberate to kick begin final 12 months, the inaugural version of the league acquired postponed due the Covid-19 pandemic, however promoters are actually taking a look at beginning the league this 12 months.
As a part of the deal, SPN will air the league throughout its community of sports activities channels in addition to devoted OTT platform SonyLIV.
“Final Kho Kho will convey again the oldest sport packaged in a contemporary avatar coupled with a brand new format and a stunning tv product that has the potential to not solely revolutionise the game but additionally create a novel expertise for the viewers—one thing that nobody has ever witnessed earlier than,” Burman mentioned.
The standard Indian sport of Kho Kho enjoys reputation throughout India owing to its simple to play rule and high-speed format.
“At Sony Photos Networks, our focus has at all times been to advertise a multi-sport tradition in India and Final Kho Kho is a good addition to our sports activities portfolio,” mentioned Rajesh Kaul, Head – Sports activities Enterprise, SPN. “Kho Kho is a particularly standard conventional Indian sport standard throughout India and we’re completely happy to be on-board and showcase Final Kho Kho to our viewers.”
The groups will encompass males and under-18 from all states throughout India registered beneath Kho Kho Federation of India. Participant drafts are scheduled for mid-year this 12 months and franchise-owners will probably be provided a financial institution of over 150 Indian gamers based mostly on their efficiency and rating in Nationwide and just lately concluded excessive efficiency coaching camp.
“For a sport to be packaged as a model, it must have ‘an fringe of the seat’ format, the place each minute is a spectacle. Final Kho Kho has been envisioned as an intersection the place the eagerness for a well-liked homegrown sport meets new age applied sciences and cutting-edge codecs. We goal to create new champions, have a good time the delight for the game and take Kho Kho to newer industrial heights,” mentioned Tenzing Niyogi, CEO, Final Kho Kho.
The league will probably be telecast in English and Hindi initially, with plans so as to add regional language commentary in future.