The tie-up announced on the eve of the launch of India’s maiden professional volleyball league, all set to start on February 2. The league, which is an initiative of Baseline Ventures and Volleyball Federation of India, will kick off with a match between Kochi Blue Spikers and U Mumba Volley at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium in Kochi, organisers have stated in a Press release.
Talking about the collaboration, Ravi Chawla, Managing Director, Gulf Oil said, “We are delighted to be associated with the RuPay Pro Volleyball League. Gulf Oil’s passion for high performance products and excellence resonates with India’s first ever-Pro Volleyball league and we hope that Indian audience will enjoy this high-energy sport wholeheartedly “.
Joy Bhattacharjya, CEO, Pro Volleyball League expressed his views saying, “Gulf Oil is a very prestigious brand. Their association with sports like cricket, football and motorsports is very well known to everyone in the country. I am glad that they have seen an opportunity in the sport of volleyball and have chosen the first ever pro league as an avenue for association.”
Gulf Oil Corporation Ltd. has been instrumental in supporting various sporting initiatives which include the likes of Chennai Super Kings, Manchester United and Gulf Racing in motorsports to name a few. Volleyball will be the next big addition to their sports portfolio after cricket in India.
Six franchises will be vying for the RuPay Pro Volleyball League title in the first edition. Ahmedabad Defenders is owned by Bonhomie Sports Event Mgmt. Ltd., Kerala’s Calicut Heroes is owned by Beacon Sports while the Chennai Spartans is owned by Chennai Spartans Pvt. Ltd. U Mumba Volley is owned by U Sports, who also own a team in the Kabaddi league while Black Hawks Hyderabad is owned by Agile Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. Thomas Muthoot owns the Kochi franchise called the Kochi Blue Spikers.