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Franchise-based volleyball tournament set to return to India, six-team league launched

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Franchise-based volleyball tournament set to return to India, six-team league launched

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SportsCafe Desk

09/15/2021

The Pro Volleyball League has is making a comeback in the Indian market in a new avatar. Now called the Prime Volleyball League, the competition will feature six teams from different cities in the country. The schedule, dates for auction, and the players involved are yet to be announced.

The franchise-based sports league in India has proved to be a big hit, and now volleyball will see the league in a new avatar - Prime Volleyball League. The league will be based on NBA like model, where the franchise owners will also be the stakeholders. The first edition of the tournament will have six teams - Calicut Heroes, Kochi Blue Spikers, Ahmedabad Defenders, Hyderabad Black Hawks, Chennai Blitz and Bengaluru Torpedoes, according to ANI.

Joy Bhattacharya, CEO of the Prime Volleyball League said, “We have already seen the quality of talent in the country; our endeavour is to provide this talent the right kind of platform to grow. This kind of structure, where franchises are committed for the long term gives the game an opportunity to grow in a sustained manner, and that is the best thing possible for Indian volleyball."

The dates of the league, schedule and auctions for the league are yet to be announced. 

While Thomas Muthoot, owner of Kochi Blue Spikers, said, “Our first association with the sport in 2019 was very successful. We are delighted to continue this association with this new structure that is a win-win for both franchises and the players.”

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