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Akshay Kumar to lend glamour to PKL 5 opening ceremony
MUMBAI: The thrill of electrifying raids and dynamic tackles is just a day away, and the captains of all 12 Vivo Pro Kabaddi teams came together to launch the fifth season of the league.
Kabaddi stalwarts Anup Kumar, Rahul Chaudhari, Ajay Thakur, Nitin Tomar and international star Meraj Sheykh were among the captains present. The first match, on 28 July 2017, will see new team Tamil Thalaivas, led by Ajay Thakur, take on Rahul Chaudhari-led Telugu Titans in Hyderabad.
The inaugural ceremony of the fifth season is likely to be a star-studded affair, with eminent sports icons and film personalities expected to attend. Bollywood star Akshay Kumar will sing the National Anthem before the start of the first match of the season.
Gearing up for the 138 matches across 13 weeks, the teams have been training fastidiously to prepare for a new season. The battle for the league got even more intense with the announcement of a consolidated sum of Rs 80 million as the coveted prize money for the season.
Star India MD Sanjay Gupta said, “As we stand hours away from the fifth season of Vivo Pro Kabaddi, I am transported back to the day we decided to launch the league. I am filled with immense pride to see how the league has made tremendous impact and grown continuously. It’s now constituted as the biggest domestic sports league with 12 new teams and expanding to new geographies. I look forward to a thrilling season of three months and I am confident that it will make history all over again.’’
Vivo Pro Kabaddi league commissioner Anupam Goswami said, “We are now one day away from the most thrilling season of Vivo Pro Kabaddi ever. I am proud, excited and, at the same time, grateful to the fans, franchises, Star and the federations for supporting us at every step of this journey. I look forward to an engaging season of kabaddi.”
International Kabaddi Federation president Janardan Singh Gehlot said, “At the Federation, we are eagerly waiting to see how Season 5 of Vivo Pro Kabaddi unfolds. The players and their coaches have invested gruelling hours of training to put up a competitive front and give fans an action-packed sport to cheer on for 3 months. We are confident that Kabaddi will continue its upward rise in the days and years to come.”
The season will culminate with the finals slated for 28 October 2017 in Chennai.
From 28 July to 28 October from 7:30 pm onwards, fans can catch each match live on the Star Sports network, including the recently launched FTA channel Star Sports First, regional channel Star Sports 1 Tamil, in Kanadda on Star Suvarna Plus, in Telugu on Star Maa Movies and Hotstar.