Kotak Group, Ronnie Screwvala’s USport to own UTT franchisees

UTT gets replacement for Pune, Mumbai franchisees

The Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) third edition in July will see two new entities in fray even as there is no change in the number of total teams.

Kotak Group’s Insurekot Sports have acquired the UTT, the professional table tennis league in India, Pune franchisee Puneri Paltan, while Ronnie Screwvala’s USports will own the Mumbai team UMumba.

The two teams will replace DHFL-owned Maharashtra United (Pune) and Warriors TTC (Mumbai). Both the franchisees wanted to exit the league.

While Insurekot Sports, the Pune Pro Kabaddi League franchisee Puneri Paltan owners, extend their interest beyond kabaddi, USports already has multiple interests in professional sports leagues in the country with UMumba (Pro Kabaddi), UMumba Volley (Pro Volleyball), eSports league UCypher and a team, UGeist.

USports are also eyeing to own a Mumbai team in football’s I-League.

The third season from will see six teams battling it out for the trophy in a caravan format.

The league is supported by the Table Tennis Federation of India and is aired on Star Sports Network. Hotstar and Jio have the streaming rights.