Sahara India Pariwar has become one of the prime franchisees of the Hockey India League (HIL), which is being launched by Hockey India.
The Hockey India League will initially comprise six teams which will play amongst each other (both home and away matches). Sahara India Pariwar will be the owner of the Lucknow franchise. With this, the media group intends to encourage young talents of this great game of skill and energy, thereby giving them a platform to nurture their skills under the supervision of talented sportsmen.
Subrata Roy Sahara, Managing Worker & Chairman, Sahara India Pariwar, said, “By taking up this franchise we are sure that fresh talent will be identified at city and regional level, which in turn will bring laurels to our beloved nation. We are also hopeful, that following our efforts to encourage hockey, other corporate entities will also come forward to support this league which will eventually benefit the game and its exponents.”
Narendra Batra, Secretary General, Hockey India, said, “I am grateful to ‘Saharasri’ and Sahara India Pariwar for again coming forward in support of hockey. The Group has always come forward and supported the sport of hockey at all times by providing it the much needed support.”
Apart from being sponsor to the Indian Hockey Team, Sahara India Pariwar had also joined hands with Federation Internationale De Hockey (FIH) in 2004, the World’s apex Body for Hockey, and became the 4th Global Partner of the Federation for a period of three years.