S Mahesh Anand, Nippon Paint Decorative Division president said “Volleyball enjoys great popularity across all cities, small towns and villages of India. A professional league for it couldn’t have happened at a better time. We believe that our association with Pro Volleyball will give us a chance to support the sport in the years to come, and in turn, gain substantial traction for our global brand.”
Delighted with the association, Tuhin Mishra, MD and co-founder of Baseline Ventures said, “We are pleased to announce our association with Nippon Paint as sponsors for the Pro Volleyball League. The coming on board of Nippon Paint only testifies the belief of brands in Pro Volleyball League and the future of the sport in India. The League promises to be a smashing success, and will deliver brands unparalleled reach and engagement across geographies and demographics across the length and breadth of the nation.”
The inaugural edition of the league will start with six franchises from six Indian cities. The Ahmedabad-based team, called Ahmedabad Defenders is owned by Bonhomie Sports Event Mgmt. Ltd. Kerala’s Calicut Heroes is owned by Beacon Sports, and Chennai Spartans is owned by Chennai Spartans Pvt. Ltd. U Mumba Volley is owned by U Sports, who also own a Kabaddi league team. While Black Hawks Hyderabad is owned by Agile Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., Thomas Muthoot owns the Kochi franchise, the Kochi Blue Spikers.
Pro Volleyball League’s first season will be held at Kochi’s Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium and in Chennai at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium.
Each of the six teams will have 12 players including two foreign players and two Indian U-21 players. The league will be played over a total of 18 matches, with each team playing each other once in a round-robin format, with the top four teams qualifying for the semi-finals.