Sachin Tendulkar with PVP wins ISL franchise
The Indian Super League, soccer's major league foray into India, Sunday announced that Sachin Tendulkar with Prasad V Potluri (PVP) has won the rights to own a Kochi based soccer club that is part of the eight city league.
PVP has a significant presence in real estate, media and entertainment and also owns Hyderabad Hotshots, the inaugural Indian Badminton League champion team. It said this partnership with the legendary Indian icon is bound to usher in a new era into Indian Sports.
Sachin Tendulkar said: "I will always remain a sportsman at heart who is keen to positively impact the sporting fabric of the nation. The Indian Super League presents a great opportunity to develop a platform for the youngsters to learn and enhance their talent to develop into outstanding players. It has been an interesting experience interacting with the young, passionate team at PVP Ventures led by Prasad Potluri. "
"Based on the various insights shared by the team, the opportunity of the Kochi club seemed like a compelling and challenging proposition. With the Kochi club, we will strive to 'score our goals' and play a part in developing the game of football across the country," said Tendulkar.
Prasad Potluri, Chairman and Managing Director - PVP Ventures Limited in a statement said: "We look forward to developing the Kochi club in the Indian Super League and are proud to partner with one of India's greatest sportsmen, Sachin Tendulkar, in our efforts. We will tap the potential talent as also channelize the fervor and passion for football across the country to enhance the quality and competitive level of the sport. The following and enthusiasm of football in the southern part of the country presents a fertile opportunity for us to execute our plans and leverage global expertise for the development of a world class club."
(Posted on 13-04-2014)